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Perkins County Sheriff’s Office takes part in one of largest drug busts in Nebraska history PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 March 2016 16:02

By Russ Pankonin

The Wauneta Breeze

Members of the Perkins County Sheriff’s office arrested Roxanne Reynolds, 42, of Venango on federal drug charges early Tuesday morning, Feb. 23.

The arrest came as part of a coordinated two-state sweep in Nebraska and eastern Colorado Feb. 23 to apprehend 64 individuals on federal and state drug charges.

The bust represented one of the largest ever in Nebraska, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha.

Perkins County Sheriff Jim Brueggeman said his team arrested Reynolds at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday at a residence located at 402 South Crawford Avenue in Venango.

He said the residence where she was arrested was not her residence, which is listed at 214 North Westmoreland Avenue in Venango.

Brueggeman said two other individuals with ties to Reynolds were arrested by Colorado authorities in Julesburg that same morning.

He said Nasario Sanchez, 45, was the ex-boyfriend of Reynolds. He and his new girl friend, Sheri Queen, 41, were arrested in Julesburg.

Holyoke Colo.,  Police Chief Doug Bergstrom and Sgt. Mark Werts assisted with the arrests in Sedgwick County.

Wendy Pulido, formerly of Holyoke, was also among those arrested. Brueggeman said another individual arrested as part of the sweep, Tyce Miller, 21, of Julesburg, was already facing drug charges in Perkins County.

He said Miller was out on bond for an April 8, 2015 arrest in Perkins County on a charge of possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute and a concealed weapons charge.

Two of the 60 indicted on federal charges were already in custody in North Platte thanks to a Jan. 26 arrest in  Madrid by the Perkins County Sheriff’s Office.

Janet K. Fontenot, 36, and Stephanie L. Hill, 30, both of Hershey, were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp.

The arrest came after a search of their vehicle resulted in the discovery of three pounds of methamphetamine, less than one pound of marijuana, and well over $9,000 in cash.

Year-long investigation

Nebraska U.S. District Attorney Deborah R. Gilg said the year-long operation resulted in the federal indictment of 60 people for allegedly being part of a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy in Central and Western Nebraska and Northeastern Colorado.

Four other individuals face state charges for distribution of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Of the 64 people facing charges, 57 were arrested on the day of the sweep, along with one more during the week. Six others still remain at large.

At the time of the arrests, authorities recovered 8.4 ounces of methamphetamine and $1,141 in cash.

In addition, two federal search warrants resulted in three vehicles seized—valued around $85,000—one sawed-off shot gun, one revolver and approximately $17,250.

Five state search warrants resulted in the recovery of $17,500, over 2 lbs. of meth, and five guns. Unrelated arrests included two individuals on local charges which resulted in the seizure of one rifle, a ballistic vest and 16 grams of ecstasy.

“This is an incredible effort involving nearly 30 law enforcement agencies,”Gilg said.

“The coordination and cooperation in this investigation is a tremendous tribute to the selfless dedication we see time and time again with our law enforcement agencies,” she added.

The joint operation, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, included law enforcement officers from the Cooperative Operation for Drug Enforcement (CODE) Drug Task Force, Western Nebraska Intelligence & Narcotics Group (WING), and the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force (CNDSSTF), and Colorado law enforcement authorities.

Nebraska law enforcement agencies involved in the effort included:

Adams County Sheriff, Alliance Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Central City Police Department, Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office,

Cozad Police Department, Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, Deuel County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gering Police Department, Grand Island Police Department, Hall County Sheriff’s Office,

Hastings Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Kearney Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol,

North Platte Police Department, Ogallala Police Department, Perkins County Sheriff’s Office, Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office, Scottsbluff Police Department,

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Police Department, United States Marshal’s  Service and the Webster County Sheriff’s Office.

Colorado law enforcement agencies included the Denver office of the FBI, Holyoke, Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.