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Suspects turned over to DEA

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Rafael Lopez-Montano
GREENCASTLE -- Three suspects arrested in Putnam County earlier this week have been turned over to officials from the U.S. Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Agency.

Rafael Lopez-Montano, 46 and Pastor A. Leon-Limon, 36, both of Tucson, Ariz. and Sandra Montes-Flores, 28, of Long Beach, Calif. were all arrested early Sunday during a traffic stop on I-70 near Cloverdale. All three were charged Tuesday in Putnam County Circuit Court with Class A felonies dealing in cocaine and conspiracy to commit dealing in cocaine, and Lopez-Montano was also charged with Class D felony identity deception.

The suspects were all booked into the Putnam County Jail, and were transferred into the custody of the DEA on Friday.

A narrative on the case said Putnam County Sheriff's Department Deputy Dwight Simmons was patrolling I-70 eastbound on Sunday when he "observed a white Chevy truck with a slide-in camper traveling ahead of him in the right lane."

The truck made an abrupt lane change, Simmons said, and passed two semi-tractor trailers before making another abrupt lane change into the right lane.

Simmons followed the truck as it exited onto U.S. 231 at the Cloverdale exit, and initiated a traffic stop as the truck pulled into a gas station.

Pastor A. Leon-Limon
The driver, who was eventually revealed to be Lopez-Montano, initially presented the driver's license of and identified himself as Jaime Fernando Bautista.

When Simmons asked Lopez-Montano where he was headed, Lopez-Montano responded New York. When Simmons asked where in New York, Lopez-Montano said "Atlantic City."

When Simmons said he thought Atlantic City was in New Jersey, court records said, Lopez-Montano did not respond.

Simmons called for back-up, and a records check revealed that Jaime Bautista was under investigation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency for narcotics smuggling.

Deputy Ben Pyatt then arrived on the scene with a narcotics detection dog. The K9 aggressively sniffed the truck and camper, eventually sitting as a positive indication of the odor or narcotics, court records said.

Officers then found Montes-Flores and Leon-Limon sleeping inside the camper.

After obtaining the proper search warrants, officers found 21 packages of cocaine inside two propane tanks. Between the three suspects, they were carrying nearly $7,000 in cash, which was seized.

Sandra Montes-Flores
It was also discovered that Lopez-Montano had been deported from the United States in 1999.

The suspects will now be prosecuted federally, court documents said.

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thank you deputy simmons for being so observative, and doing your job. it's always nice to see these people taken off of our streets!

-- Posted by higgins on Sat, Sep 11, 2010, at 11:42 AM

Great work by Putnam County!!

-- Posted by captain crunch on Sat, Sep 11, 2010, at 5:17 PM

Good for the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, I wished all drugs in the country would disappear I have zero tolerance for drugs and boozers, Kudo's to the deputies

-- Posted by steve.abney@yahoo.com on Sat, Sep 11, 2010, at 6:13 PM

I usually don't have many good things to say about the local police department, but good job on this one!!!

-- Posted by ruserious27 on Sat, Sep 11, 2010, at 10:08 PM

Hey did anyone notice that Lopez Montano was deported Why is he back? because we dont have border security this guy was dealing drugs a camper might make a good dirty bomb or worse whats up with this?

-- Posted by jkayakdad on Sun, Sep 12, 2010, at 4:13 PM

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