WHO WAS ARRESTED
As partial of a Operation Brown ICE, 12 people were arrested Wednesday on sovereign drug trafficking charges:
- Isaac Anaya, 30, of Farmington
- Julia Oros, 30, of Mesa, Ariz.
- Casey LaMotte, 28, of Flora Vista
- Curtis Murray Sr. 50, of Farmington
- Brandon Smith, 28, of Farmington
- Bobby Hampton, 29, of Bloomfield
- Pedro Lucero, 37, of Farmington
- Yvonne Anaya, 38, of Bloomfield
- Robert Valdez, 50, of Bloomfield
- Richard Archuleta 32, of Bloomfield
- Ernesto Felix, 51, of New Mexico
- Wesley Contreras, 19, of Farmington
- Fay Gordon, 29, is charged with a sovereign drug-trafficking crime though hadn’t been arrested as of Wednesday evening.
Also as partial of a operation, a following people were arrested on state drug trafficking charges:
- Larry Abeyta, 25, of Farmington
- Cimmaron Archuleta, 32, of Bloomfield
- Patrick Archuleta, 34, of Farmington
- Leonard Barela, 33, of Bloomfield
- Phermond Begay, 32, of Aztec
- Rusty Betts, 32, of Farmington
- Tiffany Bond, 33, of Farmington
- Colby Crawford, 40, of Flora Vista
- Derek Hellickson, 26, of Farmington
- Anthony Jones, 34, of Farmington
- Aaron Mobley, 35, of Aztec
- Amy Oros, 24, of Farmington
- Philippe Reyes, 35, of Farmington
- Leon Serrano, 30, of Bloomfield
- Hollis Turner, 22, of Aztec
- Jobie Wells, 38, of Bloomfield
FARMINGTON — Local and sovereign law coercion officials charged 29 people Wednesday on guess of trafficking methamphetamine in San Juan County.
The charges came after a year-long review into a meth traffic ring in northwestern New Mexico that investigators called “Brown ICE,” law coercion officials pronounced during a press discussion in Farmington on Wednesday evening.
The meth traffic network was allegedly headed by Isaac Anaya, a 30-year-old Farmington man, pronounced San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Neil Haws, a executive of a Region II Narcotics Task Force.
On Wednesday, law coercion officials served 11 sovereign hunt warrants during dual Bloomfield residences, 4 Farmington residences, dual residences in unincorporated San Juan County, dual Bloomfield businesses, dual Farmington businesses and a storage section in Bloomfield, according to a press recover from a U.S. Attorney’s Office for a District of New Mexico. State hunt warrants were also served.
Law coercion officials on Wednesday located and arrested 26 of a 29 people charged in tie to a case. Two of a suspects were already in military control on other charges. One of a suspects has not been arrested and is deliberate a fugitive.
Of a suspects charged Wednesday, 12 were charged with sovereign drug trafficking offenses. All 12 face several charges, including swindling to trafficking meth, that is punishable by adult to 20 years in prison. Another suspect, Fay Gordon, 29, of Farmington, was charged with sovereign drug trafficking crimes, though Gordon had not been arrested as of Wednesday evening.
The other 16 suspects are confronting state charges.
Haws pronounced a box started as a Region II review into Anaya, though a anti-narcotics assign force early into a review presented a box to a internal Department of Homeland Security agent. The sovereign organisation worked alongside internal law enforcement, that resulted in a sovereign warrants, Haws said.
“What we did was idle and interrupt a immeasurable rapist classification that had tentacles not usually here in a Four Corners, though have inclusive arms that widen all a approach down to a Republic of Mexico,” pronounced Kevin Abar, an partner special representative in assign of Homeland Security in New Mexico. “Homeland Security has done a joining to this region, and we will keep a joining to this region, and we will pull brazen on several investigations.”
Abar pronounced a suspects arrested Wednesday worked together in a rapist network. He declined to plead how a network was organized, observant it was still an ongoing review and some-more charges could be filed.
In further to a arrests, law coercion officials on Wednesday confiscated a poignant volume of drugs, guns, tiny explosives, cash, vehicles and other property, Haws said. Searches were still function Wednesday evening, and some-more sum about what was confiscated weren’t available. Haws pronounced that during a year-long investigation, during slightest 5 pounds of meth and 5 firearms were seized.
San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen pronounced some-more than 330 law coercion officers arrested suspects and conducted searches via a county on Wednesday. Six armored trucks ferried law coercion to opposite locations. And a sheriff’s bureau helicopter patrolled a skies via a day to safeguard a operation went as planed, Christesen said.
Searches and arrests started during 6 a.m., and a operation was concurrent out of a National Guard Armory on Navajo Street in Farmington, he said.
Once arrested, a suspects were brought to a armory, where they were fingerprinted and law coercion attempted to talk them, Christesen said.
After that, they were taken to a San Juan County Adult Detention Center, and jail staff worked into a night to book them into a facility, jail director Tom Havel said.
Farmington, Bloomfield and Aztec military and a sheriff’s bureau were concerned in a operation. The sheriff, military chiefs from a several agencies and District Attorney Rick Tedrow pronounced during a Wednesday press discussion that a operation will have a poignant outcome on meth trafficking in San Juan County. The law coercion officials pronounced a partnerships between a agencies were essential to a success.
“Today’s events are a product of a committed efforts of a immeasurable organisation of people committed to a reserve of a communities, county and a nation,” pronounced Acting Farmington Police Chief Vincent Mitchell. “This coordination … increases a security, wealth and peculiarity of life for a citizens.”
A poignant series of Homeland Security agents via a county done arrests and searched properties on Wednesday. Christesen pronounced a additional sovereign agents arrived in a county late final week and hold briefings with law coercion during undisclosed locations via a county.
Bloomfield proprietor Richard Archuleta, 32, was one of a suspects arrested on sovereign drug trafficking charges Wednesday. At his home on County Road 50106 on Wednesday afternoon, some-more than a dozen Homeland Security agents were seen acid his skill and confiscating vehicles.
Haws pronounced a suspects arrested Wednesday were offered meth that was constructed in Mexico.
Anaya, who law coercion described as a personality of a rapist network, has a prolonged list of transgression arrests, though his before cases resulted in dismissals. In May 2006 and Apr 2012, he was arrested on guess of placement of marijuana, and a box was discharged any time.
He has also been arrested on guess of aggravated battery in 2004, aggravated attack in 2006 and aggravated journey in 2007. Each time a charges opposite him were dismissed, according to a state justice website.
Abar pronounced nothing of a suspects were harmed during a operation.