Julio Cesar Luna, Oscar Segura, Jonna Leigh Kimla, Adolfo Ayala Jr., Raul Aaron Rios, Edgar Sanchez Segura, and Mike Lewis Ramirez were arrested in an Okeechobee County, Florida methamphetamine bust on Monday, news sources report. Facing charges of possessing and trafficking methamphetamines are Luna, 28; Oscar Segura, 21; Kimla, 25; Ayala Jr., 22; Rios, 26; Edgar Segura, 26; and Ramirez, 26. Luna's bail was set at $1.4 million, Oscar Seguar's at $950,000, and Kimla's at $65,000. The remaining defendants are being held on $750,000 bail bond each. The press did not say whether the defendants have hired criminal defense attorneys.
Very little information regarding the defendants' arrests were made available at current press time. According to reports, the federal government, the Drug Enforcment Administration, the Okeechobee County Narcotics Task Force, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement contributed to the investigation that led to the arrests. The agents executed a DEA search warrant at 2828 Northwest 46 Avenue and 3573 Northwest 24 Avenue in Okeechobee as a result of the investigation.
The detectives allegedly seized an unspecified amount of methamphetamines at the two properties. In all, the drugs were purportedly worth $258,000. Luna, Segura, Kimla, Ayala Jr., Rios, Segura, and Ramirez appear to have been arrested at the locations were the drugs were found. Reports say an investigation is still open; it is too early to tell whether there will be more arrests.
"I'm very proud of the Narcotics Task Force, Special Response Team (SRT), and the many deputies that helped with this investigation," an Okeechobee County Sheriff spokesperson reportedly stated. "We intercepted this shipment before it could be distributed to our citizens. All the officers on this case did an outstanding job."
Methamphetamine is a crystalized and highly addictive drug that is made using a variety of chemicals, sometimes including that medicine pseudoephedrine. Side effects of the drug include weight loss, acne, sleeplessness, and, in some cases, death. Addicts will often go to great lengths, such as thefts, to feed their drug habit.
A few weeks prior, Deltona residents Scott Shaw and Lindsey Chum were apprehended after officers found methamphetamine and products associated with producing methamphetamine inside their vehicle, sources report. Chum, 35, was taken into custody on charges of possessing meth with the intent to sell, possessing drug paraphernalia, and possessing a controlled substance. Shaw, 22, was taken into custody on charges of owning listed chemicals. Both Shaw and Chum's bails were set at $2,500. An attorney was not listed for either of the defendants.
The bust happened shortly after 4:40 p.m. during a routine traffic stop on Elkcam Boulevard, sources indicate. Shaw allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and got pulled over. Police searched the defendants' car and purportedly found the materials for a meth lab in a safe in the back. Officers also found meth and a part of a pill, as well as a meth pipe, in Chum's possession, sources allege.
Source: 10.09.13 Meth Bust.pdf