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$1M bond set for 3 arrested on drug charges

Posted: June 23, 2010 - 5:34pm
Nearly three pound of methamphetamine, two handguns, cash and a stolen motorcycle were found Friday in Van Buren County. Three illegal immigrants were arrested on various drug charges and could face 10-40 years to life in prison. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Nearly three pound of methamphetamine, two handguns, cash and a stolen motorcycle were found Friday in Van Buren County. Three illegal immigrants were arrested on various drug charges and could face 10-40 years to life in prison. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Bond was set for $1 million Wednesday for three illegal immigrants who were stopped Friday in Van Buren County and arrested on a number of drug charges.

The traffic stop led to the discovery of nearly three pounds of methamphetamine, as the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department, the Arkansas State Police and officers from the 20th Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force conducted a routine stop on Highway 65 just north of Bee Branch, according to a news release from Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden. The release stated a K-9 officer alerted on the vehicle and a search was conducted, revealing about three ounces of methamphetamine.

The driver of the vehicle, David F. Tinajero, 30, and a passenger, Luis Lopez-Sanabia, 29, were taken into custody. Warrants were obtained for their residence at 46 Caudel Road in Mount Vernon, as well as for the El Indo Mexican store in Rose Bud.

At the residence, Vaden said officers found a large amount of methamphetamine, a handgun and a stolen motorcycle. During a search at El Indo, agents located additional methamphetamine, a second handgun and about $5,000 cash. The owner of the store, Jose “Carlos” Montalvan, 51, who also resided at the Caudel Road address, was taken into custody.

“In total, almost three pounds of methamphetamine with a street value approaching $125,000 was removed from the streets of our community,” 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden said. “The seizure of the defendants and their drugs, along with the guns and cash, is a sizeable victory in our battle against illegal immigrants who are profiting through the drug trade.” 

All three men face Class Y felony drug charges and could face a potential sentence of 10-40 years to life in the Arkansas Department of Correction if convicted.

 

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justwantdanews
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justwantdanews 06/23/10 - 09:34 pm
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I wonder why . . .

Why is Van Buren news being reported in Conway's paper? I know illegal immigration is an hot button issue, and I'm sure the comments are coming. Yesterday, just 30 miles away a guy in NLR was busted with 615 pounds of marijuana, 6 rifles and 1 handgun and it was the guys 2nd RAID. He's being held with no bond, but mention of in LCD. Seems like you're baiting for comments. I guess it's not as juicy when legal citizens commit crimes anymore.

farmsglowfromthefiressetbuythebluecoats
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Its a tri county task force .

Its a tri county task force . Vaden seems to be the leader. Faulkner county is helping out poorer countys. Faulkner County seems too be in charge. There not as good as Saline County but there geting there.I like the competition .

thomas613
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thomas613 06/23/10 - 11:14 pm
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Routine traffic stop?

I am glad they are doing their jobs but please ask them to not insult our intelligence by saying that The Sheriffs' Office, The State Police and The Drug Task Force were all together making "A routine traffic stop". I will not insult them by calling it a routine Mexican stop or a routine you got snitched on stop. So please don't insult us by calling it a routine traffic stop.

Waylon Harris
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Waylon Harris 06/23/10 - 11:19 pm
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Relevance

There is a Faulkner County tie to this incident. One of the residences searched by police was in Mount Vernon, where investigators say they recovered a large amount meth, a handgun and a stolen motorcycle.
And yes, the 20th Judicial District includes Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties.

arizonahasitright
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arizonahasitright 06/24/10 - 06:46 am
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yes

illegal immigration IS a hot button issue, you got that right, get em gone. we have a problem and don't have anyone in office with big enough gonads to do anything about fixing it.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 06/24/10 - 09:15 am
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Drug gangs

A lot of meth is being brewed in Mexico anymore. It's quite possible none of what was seized was even brewed in this country, since law enforcement has gotten hip to the various ways people try to hide doing so.

If I'm not mistaken, a lot of the shooting at the border is over control of export routes in order to get the stuff into the country.

By the math, meth is $41,666 /lb or $2,604 /oz, or $91.85 /gram on a straight scale.

chuck_berry69
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chuck_berry69 06/24/10 - 03:58 pm
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Why do they keep geting

Why do they keep geting busted up north ? There buyers must be in the north why drive that far wonder were they were going waffle house its open 24 hours ?

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