12 arrested as part of Central Nebraska drug task force operation

Law enforcement officers were seen around this house at 1915 W. Second St. in Grand Island on Thursday morning. A raid by the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force resulted in the arrest of 12 people for charges including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, distribution of methamphetamine, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney District of Nebraska's Office. (Independent/Barrett Stinson)

Twelve people were arrested this morning, some of them in Grand Island, as part of an operation by the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force.

The operation included the execution of four federal search warrants and one state search warrant in Grand Island, which resulted in the recovery of a significant amount of U.S. currency, more than two pounds of methamphetamine and a yet-to-be-determined amount of cocaine.

For the federal arrests of 12 individuals, the charges include possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, distribution of meth and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. One defendant was also arrested on a state charge of distribution of cocaine.

The Grand Island Police Department’s tactical response team and other officers assisted the operation this morning before 7 a.m. on Second Street, east of the overpass.

In addition to GIPD and Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force consists of the Nebraska State Patrol, Hall County Attorney’s Office, Kearney Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Hastings Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Other law enforcement agencies involved in the operation included the Aurora Police Department and the Merrick County Sheriff’s Office.

Those arrested were Rodrigo Bolanos, Juan Corado Arriaza, Gustavo Cruz Hernandez, Jose Donato, Daniel Espinoza-Garcia, Arturo Javier Garcia,

Judith Leyva-Reynoso, Erick Lozano, Miguel Luna, Juan Medina, Miguel Mendez, Manuel Sanchez and Lynie Chanthavong.

Court appearances for defendants arrested on federal charges will occur in Lincoln.

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