Five facing federal drug, firearms, charges
Last modified: Dec. 28, 2012
Five Ashe County men are currently facing federal drug and firearms charges, while a sixth faces state drug charges, following their arrests on Dec. 12 according to information released by the Ashe County Sheriffs Office on Dec. 19.
The arrests follow a two-year investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in and around Ashe County, according to a press release issued by ACSO Detective Captain Carolyn Gentry.
“ACSO narcotics investigators, along with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, identified suspects early on as some of the largest distributors of methamphetamine in Ashe County,” according to the release. “With the assistance of the Alleghany County Sheriffs Office, Boone Police Department, DEA, ATF, and HIS, the investigation led to the seizure of approximately one half pound of methamphetamine and $9,700.”
All arrests were executed on Dec. 12, and the following men face federal charges:
Martin Saldana, 43, and Jose Jiminez Pina, 25, both of West Jefferson, were charged with conspiring to traffic more than 1500 grams of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
Jose Francisco Pina, 45, of West Jefferson, was charged was charged with conspiring to traffic more than 1500 grams of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, and the sale or delivery of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.
Bobby Giles Shore, 59, of Lansing, was charged with conspiring to traffic more than 1500 grams of methamphetamine, possession of ammunition in furtherance of a drug crime and the sale or delivery of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.
Danny Eller, 52, of Pine Swamp, was charged with conspiracy to traffic more than 1500 grams of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
Each suspect is currently being held by the United States Marshals Service with no bond, and is facing a mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years to life related to the drug charges, and a minimum mandatory five year imprisonment for the weapons charges.
Russell Craven, 54, of Jefferson was also charged on state charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Craven was released on $25,500 secured bond.
According to Gentry, the street value of the drugs seized was approximately $38,000, and said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated.
Jesse Campbell, Ashe Mountain Times, contributed to this report.