Nearly 15 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine and a pound of cocaine are off the street and five people are in custody after a search warrant was executed Thursday morning by federal, state and local officers.
Rocendo Montes-Tellez, 23, and Karina Romero Pacheco, 26, have both been charged in Olmsted County District Court with one count of first-degree drug possession, a felony.
Montes-Tellez is in custody in lieu of $5 million unconditional bond; Pacheco’s unconditional bond has been set at $3 million. Both are due in court Feb. 1.
While searching their residence at 2015 41st St. NW, Apt. K31, officers found and seized not only the meth but more than a half-pound of cocaine.
The meth was found in 12 heat-sealed bags, each weighing about a pound, in a duffle bag, the complaint says. The bag contained an airlines baggage claim sticker from a Jan. 12 flight from Seattle to Los Angeles, court documents say.
Also in the residence was a criminal complaint from South Dakota. Montes-Tellez was reportedly involved in a traffic stop in December 2015 in South Dakota, where nine pounds of meth were seized.
Investigators also found two large bundles of money in the same drawer that contained the cocaine, the complaint says.
Dianera Montes-Munoz, 26, and Patrick Perez, 25, were arrested at a residence in Chester, where officials allegedly found two pounds of meth and a half-pound of cocaine.
Both of them have also been charged with first-degree drug possession, a felony, and remain in custody in lieu of $2 million unconditional bond.
Perez is due back in court Jan. 31, Montes-Munoz on Feb 1.
The fifth suspect, Chanra Sam, 36, of 1888 41st St. NW, was also arrested and charged with first-degree drug possession.
Unconditional bond has been set at $1 million, and his next court date is Jan. 31.