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Virginia Police arrest two Mexican cartel-linked meth trafficking operation

March 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Virginia Police arrest two Mexican cartel-linked meth trafficking operation

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Several Virginia police departments worked together with a drug task force to dismantle a meth trafficking operation with alleged links to a Mexican drug cartel.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office revealed that 14 pounds of meth and 2.5 pounds of cocaine were confiscated with an estimated street value of over $750,000.

Authorities said that search warrants were carried out by the Skyline Drugs Taskforce at five homes and one storage facility in Harrisonburg Waynesboro, Augusta, and Nelson counties.

Police arrested two men accused in the meth trafficking operation while seizing three firearms and four cars, CBS19 reported.

“This drug trafficking organization posed a serious threat to the safety and wellbeing of those living in our communities,” the supervisory special agent of the Skyline Drug Task Force stated. “We hope these arrests send a message to traffickers targeting our region that their drug operations will not be tolerated.”

Victor Manuel Romero-Cornejo, 32, was taken into custody on charges of meth distribution, possession of a firearm by an illegal immigrant, possession of a firearm while possessing narcotics, and possessing a stolen gun.

Additional charges, including illegal re-entry into the U.S. after deportation, are pending.

Luis Antonio Cardenas-Romero, 37, was charged with distribution of over one kilo of methamphetamine as part of an ongoing criminal operation and possession of a firearm while in possessing narcotics.

Both men remain in custody without bond.

The Skyline Drug Task Force was assisted in this multi-jurisdictional probe by the Virginia National Guard Counter-Drug Program, Department of Motor Vehicles, U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. DEA, and Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Skyline Drug Task Force is comprised of authorities from the Waynesboro Police, Staunton Police, Augusta County Sheriff’s Department, Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office.

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