Fourth sought in distribution via mail
GONZALES — Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics agents arrested three people on illegal drug counts and are looking for a fourth Monday after authorities intercepted nearly 20 pounds of marijuana being sent through the mail to a Gonzales resident.
With the help of U.S. Postal Service inspectors, sheriff’s agents determined Miriam Lazo Garcia, 43, 921 S. Ashley Ave., Gonzales, was the intended recipient of the marijuana and waited for her to pick up the packages last week at a local post office, Maj. Kevin Hanna said in a news release Monday.
Garcia, who picked up the packages Thursday and was arrested immediately, was to be paid $500 to deliver the marijuana to two men, Enrique Romo Bustos, 33, 15360 Palmetto Lane, Prairieville, and Claudia Alejo Eguia, 28, 1307 C Altamirano, Metehuala, San Louis Potosi, Mexico, deputies said.
The men were found at Bustos’ home and were arrested.
A fourth person, Renee Martinez, 31, who is Garcia’s live-in boyfriend, remained at large Monday afternoon.
Deputies said they had searched Garcia and Martinez’s home and found another pound of marijuana, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and two weapons.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said Monday that the mailed marijuana was being shipped in five roughly shoebox-shaped containers each holding about three pounds of marijuana.
Garcia was booked with two counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of cocaine, illegal carrying of weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bustos was booked with possession with intent to distribute marijuana while Eguia was booked with conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, deputies said.
Bustos and Eguia, who are in the United States illegally, also were booked with being immigration fugitives, deputies said.
All have had bail set and remained in Ascension Parish Prison on Monday, deputies said.
Martinez is wanted on counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of cocaine, illegal carrying of weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. Martinez is also in the United States illegally and, when arrested, immigration authorities will place a hold on him, deputies said.
Anyone with information on Martinez’s whereabouts can call the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division at (225) 621-8350, text the sheriff’s anonymous tip line at 847411 from any cellular device or call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).