Eleven people, including Carlos Ramos of North Platte, were arrested Tuesday morning in a major drug bust that spanned the area from North Platte to Wray, Colo. A 12th man was arrested late Tuesday afternoon.The name of the 12th suspect will be unavailable unitl his indictment is unsealed, probably on Wednesday. Indictments were unsealed Tuesday afternoon on the first 11 arrests.
Ramos is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Most of the suspects are from Wray, according to the names, which were released about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The charges include conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Carlos Campos-Olea is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and money laundering, U.S. Attorney Robert C. Stuart said.
• Tomas Bencomo, 52, 415 N. Main St., Yuma
• Robert Krehmeyer, 47, 1042 Franklin St., Wray
• Juan Carlos Olea, 25, 921 Franklin St., Wray
• Carlos Campos-Olea, 49, 1041 Franklin St., Wray
• Armando Ledesma, 39, 308 Locust St., Kanorado, Kan.
• Ivan Murillo, 29, Unknown Address
• Araceli Antonio Rasgado, 48, 1041 Franklin St., Wray
• Carlos Ramos, 40, 1522 East D, #31, North Platte
• Francisco Rodriguez-Morales, 36, 320 ½ East 5th St., Wray
• Kristine Brueggeman, 48, 570 Franklin St., Wray
• Amalia Diaz, 60, 313 Seventh St., Ovid
Cooperating law officers throughout the area executed arrest warrants in the early morning hours, Stuart said. Officers involved in the investigation included the North Platte, Ogallala and Sidney police, as well as the FBI and several other agencies.
The western Nebraska arrests Tuesday came on the heels of similar arrests Monday in Omaha and Lincoln, where four suspects were rounded up – three of them from the Texas town of Alamo, Stuart said.
Alamo is about 8 miles from the Mexican border.
Those arrested in Omaha and Lincoln were Roberto Ochoa Cantu, 43; Javier Reyna, 37; and Juan Zuniga Gloria, 39, all of Alamo; and Aurelio Martinez Rodriguez, 44, of Lincoln, according to prosecutors.
Stuart said 11 federal search warrants were executed Monday in the Lincoln-Omaha round up, resulting in recovery of unspecified amounts of firearms, cash drug proceeds and several pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
On Tuesday, the joint operation was conducted by members of the Cooperative Operation for Drug Enforcement (CODE), which serves 22 counties, as well as the western Nebraska Intelligence & Narcotics Group (WING), which covers 11 counties.
CODE and WING operations include federal officers.
“This case demonstrates how numerous agencies can act as a force multiplier and achieve significant results,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Randall Thysse.
The long-term investigation presented challenges, given the wide geographic territory of western Nebraska and eastern Colorado, Thysse said.
The round up followed a year-long investigation that stemmed from the largest federal drug takedown in the history of Nebraska, which occured a year ago by the same agencies in western Nebraska. That time, more than 40 suspects were arrested.
Nebraska agencies involved in the operation/investigation: FBI Omaha, Homeland Security Investigations, Nebraska State Patrol, Sidney Police Department, Alliance Police Department, Scottsbluff County Sheriff’s Office, Ogallala Police, North Platte Police, Gering Police, Scottsbluff Police, and the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office.
FBI Denver, the Holyoke Police, the Kit Carson County Sheriff’s Office, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, the Burlington Police and the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Sterling.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation also helped in the operation and investigation, Stuart said.