Officers say they found 7.9 pounds of methamphetamines at Cancun's Restaurant

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 05:14 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Drug Enforcement Administration arrested four men in connection with drug charges on Sunday, March 17, after 7.9 pounds of methamphetamines were discovered at Cancun’s Restaurant in Chipley.

Arrested were Raymundo Reyes-Barragan, 43, of Chipley, on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Hector Hernandez, 46, of Atlanta, Ga., on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Ruben Heredia-Barron, 42, of Atlanta on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; and Alejandro Barron-Soto, 30, of Troy, Ala., on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida criminal complaint is dated March 18 and signed by Special Agent John C. Manna, and a probable cause affidavit outlined the incidents leading up to the arrests.

According to the affidavit written by Special Agent Manna, the men were arrested in connection with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

“In April 2012, the DEA initiated an investigation into a drug trafficking organization based in Northern Florida that moved or transported cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine from Texas and Atlanta, Georgia, to Northern Florida,” the affidavit states.

A DEA informant, identified as “Cooperating Source” in the affidavit, and who has provided information to the agency for over 25 years, began a series of telephone calls and text messages with Reyes-Barragan on March 6, according to the affidavit, during which the informant negotiated with Reyes-Barragan for the purchase of pound quantities of methamphetamine.

According to Manna, the informant’s “assistance to the DEA has resulted in the arrest of dozens of drug traffickers and the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of drugs. I have worked with the CS for over 20 years and have never found information the CS provided to be untruthful.”

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