Drugs, Guns And 7 Arrests In San Luis Valley

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Seven people were arrested Wednesday in connection with the alleged distribution of meth and cocaine in the San Luis Valley. Additionally, officers seized 2.8 pounds of methamphetamines, 1.57 pounds of cocaine and several guns were seized.

State Patrol and the Alamosa Police Department say they first developed information about the drug trafficking eight months ago. Following investigation and surveillance, seven arrest warrants and two search warrants were served on August 31.

All seven of the arrests were made without incident, CSP reports.

• Michael Pinon-Arambula, 26, of Alamosa, is charged with Distribution of a Schedule II (Methamphetamine) and held on $75,000 bond.
• Steven DeHerrera, 39, of Alamosa, is charged with distribution of methamphetamine, and held on $50,000 bond.
• Jesus Pinon-Arambula, 33, of Monte Vista, is charged with distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine and held on $75,000 bond.
• Jose Octavio Lopez-Montes, 40, of Center, is charged with distribution of cocaine and held on $75,000 bond.
• Francisco Avila-Elizarras, 52, of Alamosa, is charged with distribution of cocaine and held on $50,000 bond.
• Machelle Dominguez, 45, of Alamosa, is charged with distribution of methamphetamine and held on $50,000 bond.
• Judith Ruybal, 33, of Alamosa, is charged with distribution of methamphetamine and held on $50,000 bond.

The only suspect that has yet to be caught is Adrian Lucero, 28, who has an active warrant out for his arrest for the charge of distributing methamphetamine.

The drugs seized in this operation have an estimated street value of $157,200.

Also seized were two vehicles, three rifles, one handgun, one stun gun, one military style bullet proof flak vest, and an undisclosed amount of cash.


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  • by K Location: south fork on Sep 6, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    Oh please, a huge percent of folks in the Valley are immigrants, migrants, Illegals, and hispanic, get over yourselves!! They finally got caught, and it's about time.
  • by Case Manager Location: SLV on Sep 2, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    As a very educated woman in a position of helping others in our community i see a lot of different races facing different demons (drugs, poverty, etc)...sadly, it appears someone out there has an ignorance problem and doesn't realize just because you are a certain race doesn't mean you are better than anyone. I know white, yellow, brown people with addictions - I also know white, yellow, and brown people with educations and great powerful positions. when people make dumb remarks like "T" did i shake my head and laugh at how ignorant you sound - Next time you buy some produce just know that you are literally eating your own words LOL p.s. Be sure to thank the migrant worker or warehouse laberor (regardless of color of skin) who spent countless hours harvesting that for you - CAN I GET AN AMEN!!!
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      by JustAnotherPerson on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM in reply to Case Manager
      Thank you for that!lastnames have nothing to do with this. We should be applauding the law enforcement officials that did a great job catching these people. I'm sure there are some JONES'S, SMITH'S,ETC who are dealing drugs but that doesn't mean ALLL caucasions are bad. There are a lot of hard working "undocumented" immigrants that come here to escape dangerous situations in their native country. And...UNLESS YOU ARE NATIVE AMERICAN U TOO ARE AN IMMIGRANT! Hellooo! Ignorant people entertain me.
  • by T on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    Hey, no Smith, Jones, or Clark. Speaks volumes to our drug problem in Colorado.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM in reply to T
      OH believe: if Smith, Jones and Clark are not the suppliers they are the users - it's a equal, vicious cycle of supply-demand...it's not a race issue drug addiction is not prejudice it is an equal opportunity killer!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:05 PM
    Did "WOW" even read the article? This didn't have anything to do with being illegal immigrants...they were distributing illegal drugs!!!
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      by T on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:48 PM in reply to
      He obviously did. Sounds like YOU didn't.
  • by WOW! on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:16 PM
    What a surprise!!! Look at all those last names! I wonder when it will be illegal to be white or black in this country!
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    Of, of, of, but probably cartel members that will be turned over to ICE, deported, and back in the USA in a matter of months if not weeks.
  • by Officer Flanagan on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    Parents, when you see a drug bust like this you should watch your kids for signs of withdrawal. Supplies may dry up and it's a good way to spot symptoms of drug use you might otherwise miss.
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