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6 lbs. of meth, $60k seized from trailer

Police seized more than six pounds of methamphetamine and $60,000 from a trailer near the Fairchild Airforce Base on Thursday.

Gerardo S. Miramontes, 35, and Rigoberto Ayala, 32, face drug and gun charges after a search warrant was served at 15610 W. Highway 2.

A confidential informant bought methamphetamine through Miramontes on Jan. 5 and Jan. 11 from the Spokane Police Department, according to court documents prepared by drug Detective Kevin Langford.
The informant exchanged money for meth with a man who identified himself as “Creeps,” who police say is Ayala.

Along with the drugs and cash, police found scales and sandwich baggies in the trailer, as well as three firearms.

Miramontes, who police say also lives in San Diego, has a previous felony conviction for second-degree assault. Ayala has a felony conviction in Nevada for possession of a stolen vehicle.

The men are in the Spokane County Jail after appearing in Superior Court today on drug and gun charges.

100 lbs of meth, $20k seized at border

About 100 pounds of methamphetamine and $20,000 was found near the Canadian border on Sunday. 

Border patrol agents found the drugs and cash in three backpacks and a duffel bag in a field at the border just west of the Danville port of entry.

The seizures “were the result of effective tactical planning and utilization of advanced surveillance technology,” according to a news release.

“This seizure is yet another example of the good work exercised daily by our highly trained Border Patrol Agents,” said Gloria Chavez, chief of the Spokane Border Patrol Sector. “Our surveillance and tactical coordination capabilities played a pivotal role in the discovery and seizure of the cash and illicit contraband.”

No other details were available. The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating.

The seizure rivals the discovery of 310 pounds of Ecstasy near the border in October 2010.

Cocaine, guns, $10,000 seized in Grant Co.

More than a 1 1/2 pounds of cocaine was seized last week in Grant County.

Investigators found the drugs, along with three guns, on Sept. 6 while searching two homes - one in Quincy and one in Moses Lake - and arresting four people, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

The first search in the 300 block of E Street NE in Quincy recovered about 18 ounces of cocaine. Investigators also seized a late-model BMW convertible and a 2002 Toyota Camry.

Arrested on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver were Felix Torres Maciel, 34, of Moses Lake, and Cesar Alejandro Ayala, 36, of Quincy.

Another search in the 9000 block of Road H. 6 in Moses Lake seized more than eight ounces of cocaine, two semi-automatic handguns, a .22 caliber rifle and more than $10,000.

Suspected illegal immigrants Ricardo Pimentel Maciel, 60, and Estella Torres Maciel, 58, were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and alien in possession of a firearm.

Cash smuggling suspect held without bail

A Canadian man arrested at the U.S. border with $520,000 in unreported cash will remain in federal custody without bail.

Richard Paul Neumeyer, 66, of Kelowna, B.C., pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a grand jury indictment charging him with bulk cash smuggling - a felony that carries a maximum five years in prison but isn’t an extraditable offense in Canada.

That, coupled with Neumeyer’s admitted marijuana use and lack of ties to the area, led Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno late Wednesday to order him held at the Spokane County Jail pending trial. Neumeyer was arrested May 21 at the border crossing in Laurier, Ferry County.

“This is a case of overwhelming guilt,”  Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lister said in court Wednesday. “He was caught red-handed with half a million dollars.”

Federal agents say they found the cash - $510,000 in U.S. currency and $10,000 Canadian - in two hidden compartments in the floor of his 2006 Volvo after Neumeyer said he had only $1,600 in cash. Documents say he confessed to transporting cash - for a 2 percent cut - to Wickenburg, Ariz., about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix. Records show it was his fifth visit to the United States this year.

Neumeyer, whose criminal history includes a conviction for theft in 1961, is retired, and his only income source an $800 monthly pension. But he’s living in a $1,200 a month apartment, Lister said.

“This defendant is clearly living beyond his means,” she said.

Neumeyer’s lawyer, Frank Cikutovich, said Neumeyer’s brothers were willing to put up their homes in exchange for his release.

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May 24: Man arrested at U.S border w. $520,000

Man arrested at U.S. border with $520,000

A Canadian man arrested while crossing the border with $520,000 in cash remains in Spokane County Jail after appearing in U.S. District Court today.

Richard Paul Neumeyer, 66, of Kelowna, B.C., told federal agents he’d been transporting cash into the United States for a fee after he was arrested Friday at the border crossing in Laurier, Ferry County, according to court documents.

Federal agents say they found the cash - $510,000 in U.S. currency and $10,000 Canadian - in two hidden compartments in the floor of his 2006 Volvo about 11 a.m. Neumeyer said he had only $1,600 in cash when he arrived at the crossing, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

When first interviewed by law enforcement about 7:25 p.m. Friday, Neumeyer said he was driving to Las Vegas for a three or four-day vacation but he had no plans once there and hadn’t secured a hotel room, according to court documents filed today. He reportedly confessed to transporting cash - for a 2 percent cut - to Wickenburg, Ariz., about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix, 45 minutes into the interview.

Border records show Neumeyer crossed through Laurier on Jan. 7, Feb. 8, March 6, and April 21, according to court documents. He told federal agents he made $9,000 his first trip and $10,000 his second trip.

Neumeyer is to return to court on Thursday for a bail hearing on one count of failing to report currency under the Currency and Foreign Transaction Reporting Act.

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