Deputies intercept massive meth shipment

Posted: 15th February 2013 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Officials say drugs worth about $1M

Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force  deputies arrested three people in connection with the case: Nicholas  Ramirez-Martinez, 44, of Marshalltown, Rene Fernandez, 49, of San Luis, Ariz.,  and Francisco Salgado-Aguirre, 47, of Yuma, Ariz., the Times Republican  reported.

Authorities told the  newspaper that they seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine and $60,000 in cash.

Ramirez-Martinez is  charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver, failure to affix drug  tax stamp and prohibited acts.

Salgado-Aguirre and  Fernandez were charged with conspiracy to distribute meth.

Marshall County deputies  said it’s one of the largest, most significant drug seizures in decades. The drugs were worth about $1  million.

However, the seizure is  also proof that the meth problem in rural Iowa is still an issue.

“It’s probably the worst  drug on earth as far as we’re concerned,” Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Chief  Deputy Burt Tecklenburg said.

The operation was the  result of an 18-month investigation by the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force.

On Friday, agents said  Ramirez-Martinez met the two Arizona men at a truck stop in Des Moines.

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