Twelve people arrested after two-state drug bust

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KNOP) - UPDATE: Twelve people have been arrested, most of them from Colorado, during another Federal and multi-state drug investigation.

SOURCE: MGN

Members of the Cooperative Operation for Drug Enforcement (CODE) Drug Task Force and Western Nebraska Intelligence & Narcotics Group (WING) led the arrest of eleven people early Tuesday morning. The raids included seizure of weapons, ammunition, methamphetamine and cash according to Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart. A twelfth person, as yet unidentified, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon.

According to unsealed Federal indictments, those arrested were:
Tomas Bencomo – Age 52 – Yuma, CO
Count 1- U.S.C. § 846 - 10-20 years I $1,000,000 - 3 years TSR - $100 SA

Robert Krehmeyer – Age 47 -Wray, Colorado
Count 1- 21:846 Conspiracy to distribute and PWID methamphetamine IO-life; $10,000,000; 5 yrs. TSR, $100 SA

Juan Carlos Olea - Age 25 - Wray, Colorado
Count 1- 21:846 Conspiracy to distribute and PWID methamphetamine IO-life; $10,000,000; 5 yrs. TSR, $100 SA

Carlos Campos-Olea - Age 49 - Wray, Colorado
Count 1- 21:846 Conspiracy to distribute and PWID methamphetamine 10-life; $10,000,000; 5 yrs. TSR, $100 SA
Count 2- 18:922(g)(l) & 924(a) (2) Felon in possession of firearm 10 yrs.; $250,000; 3 yrs. TSR; $100 SA
Count 3 - 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h) Conspiracy to commit money laundering;20 yrs.; $500,000 or twice the value of monetary instruments or funds involved.

Armando Ledesma – Age 39 - Kanorado, Kansas
Count 1- 21:846 Conspiracy to distribute and PWID methamphetamine IO-life; $10,000,000; 5 yrs. TSR, $100 SA

Ivan Murillo – Age 29 – Unknown Address
Count 1- 21:846 Conspiracy to distribute and PWID methamphetamine 5-40 yrs.; $5,000,000; 4 yrs. TSR, $100 SA

Araceli Antonio Rasgado – Age 48 - Wray, Colorado
Count 1 - 21:846 & 18:2 Conspiracy to distribute and PWID methamphetamine 0-20 yrs.; $1,000,000; 3 yrs. TSR, $100 SA

Carlos Ramos - Age 40 - North Platte, NE
Count 1 - 21 U.S.C. 846 Conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine,
5~40 years $5,000,000- 4 years TSR- $100 SA

Francisco Rodriguez-Morales – Age 36 – Wray, CO.
Count 1- 21:846 Conspiracy to distribute and PWID methamphetamine 0-20 yrs.; $1,000,000; 3 yrs. TSR, $100 SA

Kristine Brueggeman – Age 48 – Wray, CO
Count 1- 21:846 Conspiracy to distribute and PWID methamphetamine 0-20 yrs.; $1,000,000; 3 yrs. TSR, $100 SA

Amalia Diaz – Age 60 – Ovid, CO
Count 1- 21:846 Conspiracy to distribute and PWID methamphetamine 0-20 yrs.; $1,000,000; 3 yrs. TSR, $100 SA

These arrests today were a direct result of that effort and confirms the commitment the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to aggressively pursue drug cases as a top priority in the District of Nebraska. The names of the individuals and their charges will be released later today when their federal indictments are unsealed.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Randall Thysse recognized the unwavering teamwork of all the agencies involved, stating, “This long term investigation presented unique challenges given the wide geographic territory of Western Nebraska and Eastern Colorado. I am extremely proud of all the dedicated men and women who worked to bring these perpetrators to justice. This case demonstrates how numerous agencies can act as a force multiplier and achieve significant results.”

During the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 25, 2017, CODE and WING members to include the assistance of other Nebraska and Colorado federal, state and local law enforcement agencies executed arrest warrants spanning from North Platte, NE to Wray, CO.

"The distribution hubs for drugs typically covers many states and often multiple countries, a lot of the drugs that we see here come from other states to include Colorado. That's why even though a lot of these arrests were made in Colorado, they're very important to our task force, because it can still have a large effect on the distribution chain in our area," said Brian Eads, Task Force Commander for the WING Drug Task Force.

The CODE Drug Task Force is made up of law enforcement agencies throughout a 22 county area in west-central/southwest Nebraska. The WING Task Force covers the eleven panhandle counties (Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux). The agencies involved in these Task Forces use their combined strength to work against drug dealers in their area of responsibility.

"Anytime we can disrupt the chain of distribution for our area that's our task force's main goal, be that by making local cases here but also by going up the chain to be able to try to disrupt it at a higher level. If we disrupt it at the local level sometimes that may only affect it for just a matter of hours or sometimes days, whereas this can make a larger dent," added Eads.

Nebraska Law Enforcement Agencies involved in the operation/investigation:

FBI Omaha
Nebraska State Patrol
Sidney Police Department
HSI
Alliance Police Department
Scottsbluff County Sheriff’s Office
Ogallala Police Department
North Platte Police Department
Gering Police Department
Scottsbluff Police Department
Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office

Colorado Law Enforcement Agencies involved in the operation/investigation:

FBI Denver
Holyoke Police Department
Kit Carson County Sheriff’s Office
Yuma County Sheriff’s Office
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office
Burlington Police Department
13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Sterling, CO

Kansas Law Enforcement Agencies involved in the operation/investigation:

Kansas Bureau of Investigation