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44 pounds of meth seized, 19 arrested in south sound drug ring bust

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SEATTLE — Nineteen people were arrested in a multi-state meth distribution ring which centered around the south sound.

The nearly 3-year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team also yielded more than 44 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 50 firearms, and more than $50,000 in cash.

On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes announced the arrests.

Law enforcement served 24 search warrants on locations in Washington and Arizona in connection with the case. More than 20 vehicles were searched in connection with the investigation.

Previous seizures associated with this drug ring include more than 5 pounds of meth and more than $28,000.

Those charged in the indictment include:

Jose Ernesto Mozequeda Vasquez, 34, of Chehalis, Washington
Jesus Beltran, 34, of Phoenix, Arizona
Antonio De La Mora, 41, of Centralia, Washington
Juan Salud Garcia Almanza, 30, of Centralia, Washington
Violetta Rosalia Guadarrama, 32, of Centralia, Washington
Ernesto Luna Vasquez, 44, of Kelso, Washington
Maria Centeno Gallegos, 37, of Chehalis, Washington
Collin Mesinas, 28, of Olympia, Washington
Aundrea Lynn Natins, 41, of Port Orchard, Washington
William Hagmann, 54, of Shelton, Washington
Jon Daniel Brownfield, 58, of Shelton, Washington
Kimberly Brooke Gray, 36, of Port Orchard, Washington
Rebecca Sue Godsalve, 52, of Bremerton, Washington
Mark Agnew, 51, of Gig Harbor, Washington
Isaela Pacheco Centeno, 22, of Poulsbo, Washington
Teresa Goos, 55, of Hoodsport, Washington
Derek Johnson, 29, of Gig Harbor, Washington
Karen Kenmir, 55, of Shelton, Washington

A nineteenth defendant, Gerardo Enrique Flores, 26, of Chula Vista, California, was arrested in California and will make his initial appearance on a criminal complaint in the Southern District of California.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marci L. Ellsworth and C. Andrew Colasurdo.