In­ves­ti­ga­tors say two sold meth out of fam­ily busi­ness

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - SCAR­LET SIMS

FAYETTEVILLE — In­ves­ti­ga­tors have ar­rested two broth­ers in con­nec­tion with sell­ing metham­phetamine out of their fam­ily busi­ness in Huntsville, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral and county court records.

Luis Men­doza-Mo­jica, 31, and Car­los Men­doza-Mo­jica, 29, both of Spring­dale, were ar­rested af­ter a year­long U.S. Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Sev­eral agen­cies were in­volved in the case.

The men are con­nected to other large, drug-dis­tri­bu­tion cases in North­west Arkansas, said Ti­mothy Jones, res­i­dent agent in charge for the U.S. Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Fayetteville. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was from Jan­uary 2016 to June 2017, ac­cord­ing to court records filed with the U.S. Dis­trict Court.

Those cases are on­go­ing, and more in­for­ma­tion wasn’t avail­able.

Car­los Men­doza-Mo­jica used his auto busi­ness as a way to sell drugs and hide

the money, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. Us­ing a busi­ness as a way to dis­trib­ute il­le­gal drugs is typ­i­cal, Jones said.

A con­fi­den­tial in­for­mant bought meth twice at the busi­ness in April, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral records.

Spring­dale po­lice found 7.5 ounces of meth, 1.2 ounces of co­caine and roughly $7,560 in Car­los Men­doza-Mo­jica’s apart­ment at 282 Sage St. in Spring­dale, ac­cord­ing to a search war­rant filed at the Washington County Cir­cuit Court. His brother, Luis, had a room in the same apart­ment, the record shows.

Car­los Men­doza-Mo­jica was ar­rested April 27.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors couldn’t im­me­di­ately find Luis Men­doza-Mo­jica, ac­cord­ing to the search war­rant. Car­los Men­doza-Mo­jica’s wife told po­lice she didn’t know where Luis Men­doza-Mo­jica was, ac­cord­ing to the war­rant.

Luis Men­doza-Mo­jica can­celed his cell­phone num­ber two days af­ter his brother was ar­rested and opened an­other cell­phone ac­count un­der the name of El Pul­gar­cito Tire Shop at 2505 S. Thomp­son St. in Spring­dale, ac­cord­ing to the war­rant.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors used Luis Men­doza- Mo­jica’s new cell­phone num­ber to track him, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. He was ar­rested May 10, on­line de­ten­tion records show.

A mes­sage left for the num­ber listed for El Pul­gar­cito Tire Shop wasn’t re­turned Thurs­day. The busi­ness isn’t listed with an ac­tive state busi­ness li­cense, ac­cord­ing to sec­re­tary of state records.

The ad­dress and name of the Huntsville busi­ness isn’t listed in court doc­u­ments. On­line sec­re­tary of state records show no list­ing for a busi­ness for the last name Men­doza-Mo­jica.

The men are at the Washington County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with no bonds set.

Luis Men­doza- Mo­jica faces charges of de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, con­spir­ing to dis­trib­ute a con­trolled sub­stance and aid­ing and abet­ting with the in­tent of dis­tribut­ing a con­trolled sub­stance.

Car­los Men­doza-Mo­jica is fac­ing charges of con­spir­ing to dis­trib­ute a con­trolled sub­stance, aid­ing and abet­ting oth­ers with the in­tent of dis­tribut­ing a con­trolled sub­stance and six counts of de­liv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

The state filed a civil suit in May in Washington County Cir­cuit Court to take Car­los Men­doza-Mo­jica’s prop­erty and $1,500 he had when he was ar­rested.

L. Men­doza­Mo­jica

C. Men­doza­Mo­jica

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