9237155278?profile=originalBy Gangsters Inc. Editors

Eight alleged associates of the Pomona Sur Lokotes organization were arrested on Friday for their alleged roles in trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine from California and Mexico to Las Vegas.

A federal grand jury returned a 22-count indictment charging 29-year-old Luis Arellano, aka “Lewis Arellano” aka “Laughter”; 29-year-old Jacqueline Martinez; 38-year-old Ivan Salazar, aka “Evil,”; 34-year-old Domingo Montes Jr., aka “JR,”; 43-year-old Amelio Che Medina; 32-year-old Anna Barrios; and 37-year-old Victor Manuel Rodriguez, aka “Smokey,”, all of Las Vegas, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and felon in possession of a firearm.

A federal grand jury also returned a seven-count indictment charging 36-year-old Sergio Rios, aka “Gremlin,” also of Las Vegas, for distribution of methamphetamine.

Trafficking meth and coke to Vegas

Law enforcement began investigating Arellano and other associates of the Pomona Sur Lokotes drug trafficking organization in December 2019. As alleged, Arellano and Martinez traveled to California to pick up methamphetamine and cocaine that they — along with the other defendants — then distributed in Las Vegas.

Between September 13 and November 4, law enforcement arrested the defendants and, during the course of the operation, law enforcement seized over 12 kilograms (approximately 26 pounds) of methamphetamine, 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, and nine firearms.

Gun charges

In addition to drug charges, Salazar and Medina are each charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Salazar is alleged to have possessed a semi-automatic rifle after previously been convicted of felonies in Nevada. Medina is alleged to have possessed a 9mm handgun after previously been convicted of felonies in Utah. Under federal law, felony convictions prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm.

If convicted, each defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison.

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