Nineteen people including four from Mason County were arrested in a multi-state meth distribution ring. The nearly three-year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team focused on the South Sound. Law enforcement also seized more than 44 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 50 firearms, and over $50,000 in cash.
The Shelton Police Department reportedly assisted with the investigation and partnered with federal and state law enforcement in serving three search warrants at residences in Shelton and Hoodsport at approximately 6 AM Thursday.
According to news releases, a total of 24 search warrants were served on locations in Washington and Arizona. More than 20 vehicles were also searched in connection with the case.
U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes announced the arrests and those charged include Jon Daniel Brownfield, 58 of Shelton; Teresa Goos, 55 of Hoodsport; William Hagmann, 54 of Shelton; and Karen Kenmir, 55 of Shelton.
Jose Ernesto Mozequeda Vasquez, 34 of Chehalis
Jesus Beltran, 34 of Phoenix
Antonio De La Mora, 41 of Centralia
Juan Salud Garcia Almanza, 30 of Centralia
Violetta Rosalia Guadarrama, 32 of Centralia
Ernesto Luna Vasquez, 44 of Kelso
Maria Centeno Gallegos, 37 of Chehalis
Collin Mesinas, 28 of Olympia
Aundrea Lynn Natins, 41 of Port Orchard
Kimberly Brooke Gray, 36 of Port Orchard
Rebecca Sue Godsalve, 52 of Bremerton
Mark Agnew, 51 of Gig Harbor
Isaela Pacheco Centeno, 22 of Poulsbo
Derek Johnson, 29 of Gig Harbor
A nineteenth defendant, Gerardo Enrique Flores, 26 of Chula Vista, California, was arrested in California.
This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved.
The searches and arrests were led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Washington, Arizona, and California, and involved officers from the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNET), Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team (TNET), Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET), Vancouver Police Department, Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force, Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Thurston Narcotics Team (TNT), Washington State Patrol, Shelton Police Department, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET), Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Bremerton Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, Valley Narcotics Enforcement Team (VNET), and the Lakewood Police Department.