DPS, Yoakum County deputies find cocaine, heroin, handgun in organized crime ring

DPS, Yoakum County deputies find cocaine, heroin, handgun in organized crime ring
DPS, YCSO officials pull over a 2006 GMC Sierra with stolen property (Source: DPS news release)

YOAKUM COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Four people have been arrested after deputies with the Department of Public Safety and the Yoakum County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle on Dec. 22, uncovering loads of criminal activities.

38-year-old Melinda Dominga Marroguin of Lubbock; 33-year-old Brandon Hay Gustafson of Brownfield; 43-year-old Martin L.Sanchez of Las Cruces, New Mexico and 46-year-old Freddy Vasquez of Lovington, New Mexico have all been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, burglary of a habitation and burglary of a building.

Marroguin, Sanchez and Gustafson were also charged with felony in possession of a controlled substance and felony unlawful possession of a firearm, according to a DPS news release.

Authorities were tipped off of the activity by a rural homeowner in the area who called in about the 2006 GMC Sierra the accused were driving in. Officials stopped the vehicle near U.S. 82 and FM 435 at around noon to discover the vehicle had stolen property, 18 grams of heroin, about three grams of cocaine and a 9 mm handgun in the truck.

The arrest led to the discovery of an ATV with a trailer, a welder and John Deere tractor inside Yoakum County, then later the discovery of a stash house in Lovington, which also contained large amount of stolen property.

All four suspects have been transported and booked into the Yoakum County Detention Center.

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