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Operation: Crystal Lake arrests and seizures

Photo: Houston DEA

Yesterday, a combined special task force consisting of members of the D.E.A., the Comal County Metro Narcotics Task Force, the New Braunfels Police Department, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, the New Braunfels/Comal County G.O.N.E. (Gang Offender Narcotics Enforcement) Unit, the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals - Lone Star Fugitive Task Force executed a number of search warrants as part of “Operation: Crystal Lake.”
This operation is the culmination of a five-month long investigation targeting known methamphetamine traffickers operating in the New Braunfels/Canyon Lake/Comal County area. During the initial phases of the investigation a total of 24 arrests were made, leading to 19 indictments handed down by a State Grand Jury, and an additional 4 arrest warrants.
The combined special task force executed those warrants on a number of residences in the New Braunfels/Canyon Lake/Comal County area. In total, 38 defendants have been served with arrest warrants and are now in custody, facing a total of 44 felony drug and weapons charges. 
The five-month long investigation, including the execution of search warrants Wednesday morning, has yielded a total of 11½ pounds of methamphetamine, approximately 1 pound of cocaine, over 40 grams of heroin, approximately $5,000 in cash, 8 firearms (including 2 recovered stolen), and 3 vehicles (including 1 recovered stolen).
“Operation: Crystal Lake” was a targeted effort by the combined special task force to dismantle the local infrastructure of a well-established methamphetamine distribution organization, targeting mid-level distributors to street-level distributors and users. The goal of “Operation: Crystal Lake” was to make a significant impact on the distribution of methamphetamine in Comal County, particularly in the Canyon Lake area. 

“Operation: Crystal Lake” Arrests & Warrants Served
(all in custody at the Comal County Jail)

  • Mike Green, 51, Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4 - 200grams) (x 3) & Felon in Poss. Of Firearm
  • Jason Ramirez, 33, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams) & Felon in Poss. Of Firearm
  • Jason Oliver, 37, Man./Del. Controlled substance PG 1 (1-4grams)
  • San Juanita Garcia, 28,  Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (1-4grams)
  • Guadalupe Garcia, 64, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Lori Poggenpohl, 45, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Tom Norris, 56, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1(<1g)
  • Sandra Jurado, 56, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (1-4grams)
  • Stephen Tate, 62, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (1-4grams)
  • Crystal King, 36, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Johnny Moehler, 24, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Alan Jones, 50, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (>200grams)
  • Alisha Sloan, 39, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200 grams)
  • Frank Rivera, 25, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams) & Felon in Poss. Of Firearm
  • Amber Ramire, 31, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Donald Shelton, 41, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Virginia Fuentes, 30, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (>200grams)
  • Jovannie Vega, 27, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (1-4grams)
  • Danielle Thetford, 27, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Devin McDaniel, 26, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Myrna Abbot, 46, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200 grams)
  • Shaena Kennedy, 22, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Juan Franco, 27, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Alain Conatser, 39, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Robert Pereida, 25, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Joseph Bossman, 25, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • David Hinojosa, 34, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Joseph Niestemki, 42, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (1-4grams)
  • Brian Wilkerson, 34, Fraud. Use of ID’ing Info. & Tampering with Evidence
  • Ryan Cardenas, 34, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (1-4grams)
  • Maria Escobedo, 34, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Robert DeSoto, 32, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Aubriln Dixon, 28, Poss. Of Controlled Substance PG 1 (1-4grams)
  • Robert Shipman, 59, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (1-4grams)
  • Adolpho Quintero, 43, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Pauline Flores, 31, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Robert Radke, 29, Man./Del. Controlled Substance PG 1 (4-200grams)
  • Patricia Hunter, 48, POCS PG 1 (<1grams)
  • Raymond Nunley, 58, POCS PG 1 (1-4grams)

To obtain mug shots of these individuals, log on to:http://www.co.comal.tx.us/Recordsearch.htm
“Operation: Crystal Lake” Arrests
38 Arrest Warrants Served
39 Arrests from raids conducted 8/9/17
44 charges filed
Seizures:
Methamphetamine: 11½ pounds
Cocaine: Approx. 1 pound
Heroin: Approx. 40 grams
Firearms: 8
Cash: Approx. $5,000
Vehicles: 3

 

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