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Drug ring leader sentenced to 35 years in massive meth investigation

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Jorge Rojas-Olivera (Source: Dallas County Jail) Jorge Rojas-Olivera (Source: Dallas County Jail)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A drug ring leader has been sentence to 35 years after pleading guilty Tuesday.

According to United States Attorney's Office, Jorge Rojas-Olivera of Batesville was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment and 5 years supervised release. 

Rojas-Olivera and 21 other men and women were charged in connection with "Operation Meilke Way". 

The multi-agency investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration "targeted a large scale drug trafficking organization distributing multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine in central, north, and northeast Arkansas." 

Meth was being smuggled into Arkansas from Mexico.  A total of 13.3 pounds of meth, $163,590, 7 vehicles and 5 guns were seized as a result of the investigation.

Here is a list of the defendants in the case from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

  • Jorge Rojas-Olivera, age 27, of Batesville, AR - Pled Guilty to Count 1 on September 7, 2012 -Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute (PWID) 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. He was sentenced to 420 months (35 years) imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
  • Michael Richard Meilke, age 38, of Bradford, AR - Pled Guilty to Counts 1 and 5 on July 5, 2012 - Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking crime. He was sentenced to 102 months imprisonment on Count 1, 60 months imprisonment to run consecutive on Count 5, for a total of 162 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $200 special assessment.
  • Kriston D. Birmingham, age 32, of Bradford, AR - Pled Guilty to Count 1 on September 12, 2012 - Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. Sentencing is set for February 13, 2013.
  • Maynor Efren Bravo-Fuentes, age 46, of Batesville, AR - Pled Guilty on May 17, 2012, to Counts 1 and 13 - Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture and PWID more than 50 grams of a methamphetamine mixture on premises in which a minor is present or resides. He was sentenced to 87 months on Counts 1 and 13 to run concurrent with 1 month to run consecutive on Count 13, for a total of 88 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $200 special assessment.
  • Flora DeMaria Mendez-Ixlaj, a/k/a Flor Mendez-Vasquez, age 22, of Batesville, AR - Pled Guilty on May 17, 2012, to a Superseding Information charging Misprison of a Felony and was sentenced to time served.
  • Juana Patricia Bamac-Perez, age 32, of Batesville, AR - Pled Guilty on September 11, 2012, to Counts 1 and 16 - Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture and PWID more than 50 grams of a methamphetamine mixture on premises in which a minor is present or resides. She was sentenced to 87 months on Counts 1 and 16 to run concurrent with 1 month to run consecutive on Count 16, for a total of 88 months imprisonment, 2 years supervised release, and a $200 special assessment.
  • Selvin Garcia-Garcia, a/k/a Jose Villarreal, age 23, of Batesville, AR - Pled Guilty on August 21, 2012, to Counts 1 and 16 - Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture and PWID more than 50 grams of methamphetamine actual on premises in which a minor is present or resides. He was sentenced to 123 months on Count 1 and 12 months on Count 16 to run consecutively, for a total of 135 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $200 special assessment.
  •  Steve Marroquin, age 50, of Batesville, AR - Pled Guilty on August 30, 2012, to Count 1 -Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. He was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
  • Eddy Boche, age 25, of Berryville, AR - Pled Guilty on September 18, 2012, to Count 1 -Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. A sentencing date has not been set.
  • Paul Randall Hussey, age 41, of North Little Rock, AR - Pled Guilty on September 18, 2012 to Count 25 of the Superseding Indictment - PWID more than 50 grams methamphetamine mixture. He was sentenced to 162 months imprisonment, 4 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
  • Rex Ramey Davis, age 48, of Bald Knob, AR - Pled Guilty on May 15, 2012 to Count 1 - Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. Davis was sentenced to 98 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
  • Ronald Clyde White, age 64, of Bald Knob, AR - Pled guilty on September 18, 2012 to Count 1 of the Superseding Indictment - Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. A sentencing date has not been set.
  • Stephen Earl Hill, age 39, of Maumelle, AR - Pled Guilty on August 30, 2012 to Count 30 - PWID 50 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. He was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment, 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
  • Angelique N. Kennedy, age 38, of Maumelle, AR - Pled Guilty on July 18, 2012 to Count 30 - PWID 50 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. She was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
  • Rodolfo Longoria, a/k/a Rodolfo Longoria III, age 44, of Jacksonville, AR - Pled Guilty on July 26, 2012 to Count 32 - PWID methamphetamine mixture. He was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
  • Sarah Jean Andres, age 36, of Mound, MN - Pled Guilty on August 23, 2012 to a Superseding Information charging Misprison of a Felony. She was sentenced to 3 years probation and a $100 special assessment.
  • Joshua A. Hawley, age 28, of Benton, AR - Pled Guilty on July 23, 2012 to a Superseding Information charging PWID methamphetamine mixture. He was sentenced to 3 years probation and a $100 special assessment.
  • Kevin Randall Hyder, age 36, of North Little Rock, AR - Pled Guilty on July 5, 2012 to Count 33 - PWID 50 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. He was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment, 4 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
  • Nathan Harris Henry, age 33, of California, MO - Pled Guilty on September 20, 2012, to Count 1 - Conspiracy to PWID 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture. Sentencing is currently set for February 28, 2013.
  • Rhanda Rachael Ramey, age 30, of North Little Rock, AR - Pled Guilty on September 19, 2012, to Count 34 - PWID methamphetamine mixture. She was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

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