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17 arrested in long term meth inquiry

U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg announced today the arrests of seventeen people in a long term methamphetamine investigation. The arrests occurred in Ogallala and Brule, Nebraska and surrounding cities in Western Nebraska and Eastern Colorado.

Gilg said in a prepared press release that the following people were taken into custody on federal indictments:

Luis Enrique Miramontes-Arteaga
Andres Barruza
J. Merced Rodriguez Barajas
Ruben Avila Barraza
Jesus German-Diaz
Johnny Martinez
Anisha Martinez
Anthony Weinrich
Mark Piper
Jacklynn Walker
Darren Relerford
Chris Hackbart
Bobby Griffin
Kirsten Griffin
Sharon Kay Tyler
Minnie Beth Donner
Linda Breese

The investigation is the result of a long-term investigation by FBI, Nebraska State Patrol, Ogallala Police Department, North Platte Police Department, CODE Task Force, WING Task Force, Keith County Sheriff's Office, Keith County Attorney's Office, Cheyenne County Attorney's Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Deuel County Sheriff's Office, Phillips County Colorado Sheriff's Office, Holyoke Colorado Police Department, Eastern Colorado Plains Drug Task Force and the United States Attorney's Office.

Law enforcement seized over three pounds of methamphetamine and $8,000 in U.S. Currency in connection with this investigation.

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