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February 3, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Four Pounds Of Methamphetamine Seized In Washington County

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of six persons on January 31, 2012, after law enforcement agents found four pounds of methamphetamine at a rural Washington County, Tenn., home. All six were arrested on complaints relating to their immigration status, made their initial appearances on February 1, 2012, and were detained pending their arraignment which is scheduled for February 15, 2012, at the James H. Quillen Federal Courthouse in Greeneville, Tenn.

The six individuals were Jose Cruz Guevara-Cazarez, 55, of Limestone, Tenn., Rosalva Guadalupe Robeldo, 48, of Limestone, Tenn., Arnoldo Ayala Guevara,49, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Habraham Enrique Guevara, 26, of Limestone, Tenn., Emilio Beltran Sanchez, 31, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Enrique Rivas, 33, of Oklahoma City, Okla. All except Rivas are natives of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

"This case falls within the wide range of transnational crimes that are tailor made to be dealt with using HSI's numerous authorities," said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans. "This joint investigation demonstrates to individuals who think they can commit such acts without repercussions that HSI and our law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring the integrity of our governmental systems, and constant vigilance over our national security."

U.S. Attorney William C. Killian noted, “The cooperative efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement were critical in effectuating these arrests. "

The agencies which participated in the arrests include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, HSI, First Judicial District Drug Task Force, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson City Police Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, and Greeneville Police Department.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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