10 Pounds Of Meth Found In Back Of Pickup

Authorities in northeast Tennessee say they found 10 pounds of methamphetamine when they stopped a pickup truck.

Washington County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Gregg said it's probably the largest meth seizure in East Tennessee and is valued at $448,000.

The Johnson City Press reported the truck was stopped May 14 after suspects had been under police surveillance.

Police said those arrested were 35-year-old Guadalupe Granado of Newport; 33-year-old Marcos Antonio Rivera of Winston-Salem, N.C.; 29-year-old Mendoza Ventura Placido of Galax, Va.; 37-year-old Abel Martinez Tavera of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and 30-year-old Elias Mazariegos Perez of Morristown.

The investigation that produced the arrests began in March after the conclusion of Operation Talisman -- a massive 2009 drug investigation.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on May 20, 2010 at 09:11 PM
    Yes Chicana, I am totally serious. The nonsense and chaos at the border MUST stop, not slow down, ebb, decrease etc. but STOP. We are not the DSS for Mexico or any other country. BTW our border control pales in comparison to Mexico's southern border enforcement. In addition to being criminals the Mexican government is a bunch of hipocrites. Also kudos to Scott for a logical & rational comment. Oh, been married to a hispanic for 33 yrs so you can't call me racist should you decide to. It won't fly.
  • by Scott on May 20, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    Chicana: you cannot defect illegal immigrants. They are a drain on our systems, take and no give. While one person in the household works a wife and kids like door steps are living off the system. Do you think he's paying anything in to that system, doubtful. Also illegal immigrants are just that illegal. Enforce the laws already here and that would clamp down on most issue. I have no issue with immigrants that come here legally, through the proper channels. But sneaking in is something I don't condone. Pay your dues to be a citizen, and immigration means assimilation to some degree. I'm also not saying that there aren't citizens draining the system because they are, but they didn't sneak into the country and have a couple of "anchor babies" to keep them from being deported. A local poulty plant gets raided regularly, they fire the latinos with fake SS numbers, then hire them back with different SS #'s at a starting pay. This is a fact and happens fairly regularly. GO AZ!
  • by To Chicana6888 on May 20, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    Are you serious?
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on May 20, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    Too bad that when arrests are made for all people, their "Status" in this country would be made public & then we wouldn't have to worry about hurting someone's feelings or be accused of profiling. Most importantly, if you come to this country, legal or not, you need to respect & obey our laws while you are here. If you can't do this, leave and leave immediately. OK, I will quit mincing my words. These hispanic males were more likely than not illegal aliens who have already broken several laws by 1. Entering the US illegally. 2. Committing fraud by using someone's SS# or 3. Staying in this country illegally after legal papers have expired. We have enough problems with our homegrown criminals and don't need any more problems from persons of other countries. Also immigration reform is a dead horse until we get serious about border control which should include the use of deadly force.
  • by Steve Location: Havelock on May 19, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    This why ALL states need to follow Arizona's immirgration laws and clamp down on the illegals.
  • by Chicana6888 Location: Goldsboro on May 19, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    Why is it that when there is any kind of crime that has to with Hispanic ppl there is always racial comments??? What about the ppl that they just busted in goldsboro with Marijuana and ppl that rape, murders, ect... and they are from here, you have nothing to say about that.
  • by Dan from Mnts. on May 19, 2010 at 02:29 PM
    The sad thing is that they probably were not even users. The Mexican/Latino gangs up here are beginning to push their weight around. They use the folks up here to make it and store it in the rural mountains while the rest are selling it in the cities. Hence why there are some rural areas like Newport and Galax and some cities like Winston. They all need to go back home.
  • by Pee-d Location: martin co on May 19, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    they came to America seeking the American dream to be what they wanted to be . I hope they have many many years in prison to enjoy the American way.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM
    All Mexican names,it seems
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2010 at 10:57 AM
    The names of true Americans.
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