Suspects in drug bust tied to cartel

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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:48 pm | Updated: 10:33 pm, Tue Dec 10, 2013.

WATHENA, Kan. — Two Mexican nationals, linked to the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world, have been arrested in the largest drug bust in Doniphan County history, authorities said.

Jesus Valdes-Ceryantes, 27, and a passenger, Dacar Cervantes-Contreas, 51, were driving through Wathena on U.S. Highway 36 late last week when Police Chief Jason Pendleton stopped them for speeding, said Sgt. Neal Hontz with the Elwood Police Department. After seeing Colorado license plates on the minivan, Mr. Pendleton requested assistance from Mr. Hontz and his K-9 partner, Cozmo, for a search of the vehicle.

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  • Munchkin posted at 3:44 pm on Wed, Dec 11, 2013.

    Munchkin Posts: 4398

    It's bad enough they were carrying drugs it's even worse they were caught because they were speeding , can you say stupid ? NEVER , ever speed through Wathena , they are always lying in wait to make a buck .

  • socialfingered posted at 5:57 am on Thu, Dec 12, 2013.

    socialfingered Posts: 2143

    While I think it's great that two scumbags got busted, I don't think I'd want my small town name posted for everyone, including the bosses of these two, to be prominently displayed as their arrestors. These cartels have a field day with cops, lawyers and judges. If I were the arresting officers I believe I'd be hiding right now. It's pretty easy to find someone in Wathena.

  • ranger85 posted at 1:12 pm on Thu, Dec 12, 2013.

    ranger85 Posts: 131

    Cops don't need to run, they did their jobs and that is all their is to it.

    If trouble comes knocking, there will be plenty of help show up for them.

  • socialfingered posted at 5:30 am on Fri, Dec 13, 2013.

    socialfingered Posts: 2143

    Sure there will be. Only problem is it will probably be just a little too late. These cartels laugh at police. They have no value for human life and it's much harder to defend against someone like that because they don't stop and think. They just act.


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