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18 arrested in drug investigation

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Released by Jean Dark with DPS:

DPS criminal investigators have arrested 18 people in Gonzales County on felony warrants for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess and distribute pseudoephedrine.

The DPS Narcotics investigation lasted from November 2007 through May 2009. Investigators believe that the suspects used family members and other people to make numerous pseudoephedrine purchases from pharmacies, as well as buying anhydrous ammonia and other precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

DPS Narcotics investigators used sales logs from pharmacies throughout the south-central Texas area to determine that several individuals were purchasing large amounts of pseudoephedrine from pharmacies located in Gonzales, Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Georgetown and other towns.

Investigators believe that the conspirators made approximately 17 pounds of methamphetamine in the 18-month period.

DPS was assisted by the Gonzales Police Department and the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office in the investigation and arrests.

Arrested individuals:

    1. David Rodriguez (06/09/54): arrested 10-08-09 in Gonzales.
    2. Jesse Arriola (DOB 04/17/82): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales.
    3. Sandra Arriola (DOB 09/09/60): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales.
    4. Timothy Wilson (DOB 10/28/61): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales.
    5. Erica Rivera (DOB 07/11/56): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales.
    6. Guadalupe Rivera (DOB 11/19/68): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales.
    7. Robert Heldarson (DOB 01/18/71): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales.
    8. Minerva Hernandez (DOB 06/25/59): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales County.
    9. Minerva Govea (DOB 09/13/81): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales County.
    10. Mike Sanders (DOB 05/20/60): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales County.
    11. Alvin Douglas Windwehen (DOB 12/30/74): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales.
    12. Rhonda Gass (DOB 02/17/60): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales.
    13. Jacob Evans (DOB 05/14/80): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales.
    14. Beth Grier (DOB 09/29/54): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales County.
    15. Tammy Shelton (DOB 02/13/64): arrested 10-13-09 in Gonzales County.
    16. Tommy Carlile (DOB 08/10/89): currently in custody in Lavaca County on another charge.
    17. Roger Beene Jr., (DOB 12/22/75): currently in custody in Guadalupe County on another charge.
    18. Emily Arriola, (DOB 09/08/86): surrendered 10-14-09 to U.S. Marshals in San Antonio.

Additional indictments and arrests are expected in this ongoing criminal investigation.

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