Seymour Police recently ended a nine-month investigation into the distribution of cocaine by arresting two local residents, one of whom is living here illegally, police say.
Jacob Mendez, 35, of Seymour, and his wife, Asalia Salinas-Solis, 39, both face charges stemming from several undercover drug buys police were able to conduct with the couple during the investigation.
Five undercover controlled buys were conducted; four were cocaine and one was marijuana, Detective Capt. Carl Lamb said Tuesday afternoon.
Three of the five buys took place at the couple's home on Parkland Avenue in Village Green Mobile Home Park on the city's southeast side, he added.
During the buys, Lamb said police purchased a total of 3½ ounces of cocaine, valued at $4,200 or $1,200 an ounce.
They were arrested June 2 after police served a search warrant that morning issued by Jackson Superior Court II Judge Bruce MacTavish.
Salinas-Solis was charged with two counts of maintaining a common nuisance, both Class D felonies. She was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 3:05 p.m. June 2 on a $1,005 bond and has since bonded out.
We are working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine her status here, Lamb said.
Mendez is being held by ICE because he is in the country illegally, Lamb added.
He was charged with three counts of dealing cocaine greater than three grams, all Class A felonies that carry a sentence of 20 to 50 years in prison if convicted, and one count of dealing cocaine less than three grams, a Class B felony. That charge carries a sentence of six to 20 years.
Mendez also faces one charge of dealing marijuana, a Class D felony, punishable by up to three years in prison.
He was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 3:20 p.m. June 2 on multiple $100,005 bonds.
During the investigation, Lamb said officers located items associated with drug distribution including $2,000 in U.S. currency and ledgers.
They also seized four vehicles, Lamb added.
The SPD Swat Team as well as the detectives unit and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force handled the investigation and arrests.
Jun, 09, 2010