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Local and federal agencies in Palm Beach and Marion counties worked together to catch a Mexican national accused of trying to sell thousands of grams of crystal methamphetamine to local buyers.

Hernan Mojica Rentaria, also known as Felipe Jesus Mendoza and Ernan Rentaria, was taken into custody Oct. 24 in Marion County when he was on his way back from Georgia and en route to Palm Beach County, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration criminal complaint.

Federal agents with the help of a confidential source established surveillance of Rentaria at the Hot Wok restaurant at 5096 Forest Hill Blvd. on Oct. 22. The source said Rentaria was trying to negotiate a meth sale and then gave Rentaria’s number to the undercover agents to use.

Two days later, the undercover agent called Rentaria and said he collected “the newspaper” which meant he had the money to purchase the drug. The undercover agent asked when they could meet to talk about how many kilograms of meth the agent would be buying. But Rentaria said he wasn’t in town and expected to be back in town that afternoon or night and they could meet the next day.

The undercover agent tried talking with Rentaria about prices, however Rentaria said he didn’t want to talk about that on the phone.

Agents received a tip that Rentaria was coming back from Atlanta and that he was in Ocala. A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy saw a white Lincoln Navigator pull out of the Waffle House in Ocala. The driver, who was later identified as Rentaria, didn’t stop before entering the roadway. Based on that and a tag violation, the deputy pulled Rentaria over.

Rentaria handed over a Mexican identification card with the name Felipe Jesus Mendoza on it and said he didn’t have a drivers license. He initially told the deputy he was heading to Palm Beach and then said he was coming from Palm Beach to Ocala.

The deputy did a computer check and found that his real name was Ernan Renteria, that he’s a Mexican national and that he was previously removed from the United States.

During the traffic stop, police dogs found four bundles of crystal meth, weighing about 4,488 grams.

Rentaria faces charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, attempted distribution of 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and illegal re-entry after deportation.

 

 

 

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