Updated at 3:36 p.m.
By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
CHEHALIS – Five residents of Chehalis and Centralia were among 19 individuals arrested today during a sweep by federal drug authorities that netted more than 44 pounds of methamphetamine, fifty guns and at least $50,000 cash.
Today’s searches and arrests were led by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, Arizona, and California, and originated from a February 2014 investigation by the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Law enforcement served 24 search warrants on locations in Washington and Arizona today More than 20 vehicles were searched in connection with the investigation.
Previous seizures associated with this drug ring include more than five pounds of meth and more than $28,000, U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes stated in a news release.
The Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team was among nearly 20 law enforcement agencies and groups involved. Other nearby agencies included the Vancouver Police Department, Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force, Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and Thurston Narcotics Team.
Those arrested today for alleged ties to the methamphetamine distribution ring will make their initial appearances today and tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Tacoma at 2:30 p.m.
Those charged in the indictment include:
Jose Ernesto Mozequeda Vasquez, 34, Chehalis, Washington
Maria Centeno Gallegos, 37, Chehalis, Washington
Antonio De La Mora, 41, Centralia, Washington
Juan Salud Garcia Almanza, 30, Centralia, Washington
Violetta Rosalia Guadarrama, 32 Centralia, Washington
Jesus Beltran, 34, Phoenix, Arizona
Ernesto Luna Vasquez, 44, Kelso, Washington
Collin Mesinas, 28, Olympia, Washington
Aundrea Lynn Natins, 41, Port Orchard, Washington
William Hagmann, 54, Shelton, Washington
Jon Daniel Brownfield, 58, Shelton, Washington
Kimberly Brooke Gray, 36, Port Orchard, Washington
Rebecca Sue Godsalve, 52, Bremerton, Washington
Mark Agnew, 51, Gig Harbor, Washington
Isaela Pacheco Centeno, 22, Poulsbo, Washington
Teresa Goos, 55, Hoodsport, Washington
Derek Johnson, 29, Gig Harbor, Washington
Karen Kenmir, 55, Shelton, Washington
A nineteenth defendant, Gerardo Enrique Flores, 26, of Chula Vista, California, was arrested in California and will make his initial appearance on a criminal complaint in the Southern District of California.
Among the locations locally where search warrants were served, according to the DEA:
• 600 block Southwest 20th Street Chehalis
• Storage unit: 200 block Southwest Interstate Avenue, Chehalis
• 3000 block Ives Road, Centralia
• 500 block Jefferson Street, Centralia
• Storage unit: 5000 Ivan Way Southwest, Rochester
• 1800 block Lakeview Drive, Mossyrock