Two arrested in major drug bust
EUNICE, LA — Eunice Police arrested two suspects for selling cocaine and marijuana and seized $56,700 in suspected drug proceeds.
Chief Ronald Dies stated his Narcotics Detectives were able to secure charges against Manuel Cuellar-Martinez and Jose Luis Cuellar-Zamarron for Cocaine, Marijuana and Weapons charges within twelve-hundred feet from Eunice High School; a marked Drug Free Zone. The Detectives received information indicating that the suspects were selling Cocaine and storing the drugs in a residence located on the property of Eunice Superette, near Eunice High School. The Detectives investigated the information and found it to be credible. The Detectives contacted Randal Moore at Eunice Superette and told him about the investigation and requested his assistance. Moore cooperated fully and the Detectives then went to the location and spoke to Martinez and Zamarron.
While speaking to the suspects the Detectives discovered that both were resident aliens from Mexico and the suspects may have Cocaine hidden in the residence. The Detectives obtained consent to search the residence from the suspects and also used K-9 Pulo to check several vehicles on the Eunice Superette property.
During a search of the residence the Detectives located approximately an ounce of Cocaine, three ounces of Marijuana, a Lortab pill, a digital scale containing Cocaine and Marijuana residue, a loaded 22 Cal. Revolver and excess of one-hundred rounds of 22 cal. ammunition, numerous plastic bags containing BC headache powder, used as a cutting agent, numerous empty plastic bags and approximately $56,700 in U.S. currency, in drug sale denominations. The currency was hidden in several different locations and some of the currency was wrapped in numerous layers of red and clear plastic wrap and freezer tape.
The Detectives also located numerous records including pay role receipts, and photographs showing that both suspects, Manuel and Zamarron were acquainted and spent time in the apartment. The Detectives also located records of currency transfers from the suspects to a location in Mexico. The currency transfers ranged from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. The estimated street value on the drugs located was approximately two-thousand dollars.
The suspects were interviewed about the items located in the apartment. Both suspects stated that they knew about the Cocaine, Marijuana, paraphernalia, gun and the currency. Both suspects also admitted to selling Cocaine and Marijuana and that the currency was from the sale of the drugs. They further admitted to taping currency to their legs to transport it back to Mexico. The suspects further told the Detectives that they made approximately $400 a week working for Eunice Superette and the transfers were from paychecks to family in Mexico.
The Detectives conducted presumptive field tests on the suspected Cocaine and Marijuana and the results of the tests indicated a positive response for the presence of Cocaine and Marijuana. The Detectives also discovered that the apartment was approximately eleven-hundred and thirty feet from Eunice High School, which is a Drug Free Zone.
Chief Dies stated that the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted and a follow-up investigation revealed that Martinez’s resident alien status had been expired for approximately five years. The Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement then placed a hold on the suspects until the disposition of the case.
Manuel Cuellar-Martinez was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine), Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance (Lortab), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Law; Drug Free Zone.
Jose Luis Cuellar-Zamarron was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (Cocaine), Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance (Lortab), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses and Violation of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Law; Drug Free Zone.
Chief Dies would like to thank the citizens of Eunice who have taken the time to call the Eunice Police Department to give information. All information received; is investigated and sometimes takes time to work. All calls and callers are kept confidential. Anyone with information about illegal activity is encouraged to call the Eunice Police Department at (337) 457-6588.