BLOOMFIELD -- An Advance man and two residents of Texas were arrested recently for a drug trafficking operation.
According to a news release from Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner, the arrests are the result of a combined investigation involving the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, the SEMO Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Brian C. Nalley of Advance was arrested Nov. 30 and has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance, a class B felony; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a class B felony; and possession of a drug paraphernalia, a class D felony.
Arrested Thursday on drug charges were Edward Sanchez and Tina Esquivel of Forth Worth, Texas.
After a lengthy investigation, it was determined that Sanchez and Esquivel were involved in interstate trafficking of crystal methamphetamine to Nalley who was distributing the meth in Stoddard County and the southeast Missouri area.
A large quantity of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of about $16,800 was seized as a result of this investigation
Nalley, who had a cash-only bond set at $150,000, was transferred to the Bollinger County Jail on Dec. 4. As of press time, Nalley was no longer in the Bollinger County Jail but information pertaining to his making bond and being released or transfer to another facility was not available.
Sanchez and Esquivel were turned over to the DEA and were reportedly in federal custody.