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News Release
April 15, 2004

Eight-Month Methamphetamine Investigation Ends Successfully

The hollow tube that concealed high-purity methamphetamine
This hollow tube inside a passenger vehicle concealed high-purity methamphetamine

APR 15--On February 27, 2004, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)- Reno Resident Office culminated an eight month investigation against the Francisco MEDINA-MEDINA narcotics distribution organization with the arrest of seven subjects and the seizure of approximately 15 pounds of high purity methamphetamine. The arrests and seizure resulted from the execution of a Federal search warrant at 1190 El Rancho Dr., Sparks, NV. The investigation was conducted by Special Agents from the DEA and Task Force Officers from Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Sparks Police Department and the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Bundled Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine was bundled tightly and hidden inside compartments in passenger vehicles.

The investigation centered on MEDINA-MEDINA andhis associates in the Reno area who are suspected of importing 15-20 pounds of methamphetamine per month from sources in Nayarit, Mexico. The methamphetamine was delivered to the Reno area inside hidden compartments located in passenger vehicles. In addition to supplying several individuals in the Reno area with methamphetamine, Investigators believe that MEDINA-MEDINA coordinated the shipment of methamphetamine to areas throughout the United States.

On February 27, 2004, Investigators received information that the most recent shipment of methamphetamine had arrived at the El Rancho St. address from Mexico. Subsequent to the execution of the search warrant, the following persons were arrested on federal and state drug charges:

Francisco MEDINA-MEDINA, a/k/a Jose PARTIDA, DOB 03/26/1972 from Sparks, NV
David PALOMARES-GONZALEZ, DOB 01/02/1980 from Reno, NV
Eddie Conde ACOSTA, DOB 06/22/1978 from Chula Vista, CA
Maria ARRIAGA, DOB 03/07/1978 from Sparks, NV
Yesendy VALDIVIA, DOB 11/19/1977 from Sparks, NV
Aurora AGUILAR-HURTADO, DOB 01/13/1968 from Reno, NV
Jorge MARTINEZ-CERNA, DOB 09/15/1973 from Sparks, NV

The fifteen pounds of methamphetamine have a wholesale value of approximately $150,000 and a street value of over $740,000. In addition to the methamphetamine, Agents seized approximately $27,000 and three handguns from the residence in Sparks.

Any questions regarding this investigation should be directed to Resident Agent in Charge Mark S. Destito at 775-784-5617.


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