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One meth bust turns to three

WORTHINGTON -- Several law enforcement agencies were busy last week arresting alleged drug dealers after a round of controlled buys and cooperation.

Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office had set up several controlled buys with a confidential informant (CI) who allegedly purchased methamphetamine at least three times from Justin Jeffrey Peterson, 39, of Jackson.

Beginning Oct. 21, the CI used buy money to purchase an 8-ball of meth for $400, then 7.9 grams for $700. On Nov. 11, another 5.6 grams were purchased for $700.

For each controlled purchase, Peterson appeared to meet the CI while driving a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee, took the money, then returned later with the meth, the complaint states.

Peterson was charged in Jackson County District Court last week with first-degree controlled substance sale. His bond was set Friday at $100,000.

A separate complaint filed Monday in Nobles County District Court states Peterson told an agent from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension he had been purchasing approximately half an ounce of meth from Roman Cabrera Camacho on a weekly basis.

He would go to a residence on Milton Street to purchase the meth, and the exchanges always took place in the garage, he said.

According to Peterson, Camacho, 50, of Worthington, kept the meth wrapped in plastic smeared with axle grease in a cooler.

When officers executed a search warrant at the Milton address on Friday, they allegedly found evidence that corroborated Peterson's statement.

During the search, they found a cooler that contained plastic wrap smeared with axle grease.

When officers went to his work place, Camacho allegedly admitted he had sold meth and said he was expecting police to come talk to him.

He also admitted he had an ounce of meth in his truck, which was parked in the workplace parking lot.

During a search at the law enforcement center, authorities located 28.7 grams of meth in the truck, along with three meth pipes and some marijuana.

Camacho was charged with first-degree controlled substance possession, small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $2,500.

A second complaint filed Monday in Nobles County District Court states "a cooperating defendant" told a BCA agent that he had purchased his meth from Daniel Sanchez-Gonzalez, 27, of Worthington.

The defendant, Camacho, agreed to call Sanchez-Gonzalez and make arrangements for him to deliver an ounce of meth.

At approximately 3:34 p.m. Friday, agents from the BCA and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF) watched Sanchez-Gonzalez leave his residence and drive to Milton Street.

He pulled up in the driveway and parked. As he did so, officers walked up and detained him.

While speaking with Sanchez-Gonzalez, a BCA agent could see into the truck through the open passenger door.

A plastic bag containing a crystal substance was on the seat of the truck. The plastic bag was seized and the contents field tested.

The substance tested positive for meth, and weighed 29.4 grams with packaging.

Sanchez-Gonzalez was charged with first-degree controlled substance sale. His bond was set at $2,500.

BRDTF Commander Troy Appel said the arrests are "a good example of what can happen when agencies work together."

Because they were on a roll, BRDTF agents also conducted a search at a Ninth Avenue address at about 5:30 p.m. and arrested Daniel Perez-Heredia fro second-degree controlled substance possession in an unrelated case.

The complaint states the agents spoke with Perez-Heredia at his residence, explaining they had been told he had drugs at his house.

Perez-Heredia denied having drugs, but said he would be willing to consent to a search. He allegedly signed a consent to search form, then retrieved the key for his bedroom and unlocked the door.

Inside a walk-in closet, agents allegedly found a digital scale and a green pill bottle.

When an agent opened the bottle, he noticed a white powder on his glove.

He asked Perez-Heredia what the powder was, and the suspect stated it was cocaine.

He liked to use cocaine on occasion, he allegedly explained, but added a lot of baking soda.

The while powder substance tested positive for cocaine.

Perez-Heredia said he does not sell cocaine, but uses it personally.

After the agents confronted him about the use of baking soda, Perez-Heredia allegedly admitted he does in fact sell some of the cocaine and charges between $80 and $100 a gram.