Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pot Bust Details Emerge

Mountain Mail Reports

Socorro City Police Detective Rocky Fernandez is trying to figure out if there is a connection between the two marijuana busts last week.
“It’s all identically the same stuff (the marijuana),” Fernandez said, “We are just looking at everything like financials (records) to see if there is any connection.”
More details emerged this week from one of the three marijuana busts conducted by Socorro City Police, Socorro County Sheriff’s Office with help from the National Guard. Four people were arrested and four children were taken into custody by the state after a raid at 2485 Bosquecito Road last Tuesday.
The Bosquecito Road residence is owned by Kenneth Hart, who was charged with seven felonies including possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy, cultivation, possession of paraphernalia, receiving stolen property, false imprisonment and assault with intent to commit a violent felony.
Nathan Crowley was charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor, possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy, cultivation, and abandonment or abuse of a child. Greta Cederstrom was charged with three felonies including possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and child abuse or neglect. Adrien Moses, 21, was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor, including possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Deputy William Armijo wrote in a criminal complaint that he was assigned to an operation with the New Mexico National Guard to assist on the ground during surveillance flights for the illegal cultivations of marijuana. He said he was advised of a possible site by a Region 7 Task Force member on board of one of the helicopters.
At approximately 10:40 a.m. (last Tuesday) Armijo said he was advised of a possible grow site south of the village of Pueblitos. The site was directly west of a residence that contained approximately 200 plants (actually 93) that resembled marijuana.
“I was told the site had several subjects in the area that fled after the helicopter was detected,” Armijo wrote. “I was further advised of a male described as a dark haired that was shirtless running from a residence west toward another residence. I was advised that the subject alerted others in the area about the flights.”
Armijo was then advised of three subjects along with children fleeing the area in a van traveling north toward Pueblitos. Armijo pulled the van over near the intersection of Pueblitos Road and Escondida Lake Road.
“There were three adults identified as Cederstrom, Crowley and  Moses and four small children belonging to Cederstrom and Crowley,” Armijo said.
The children were placed in state custody with Children Youth and Families. Meanwhile, officers from the New Mexico State Police and City of Socorro secured the Bosquecito Road residence.
Detained at the residence was Hart, who gave permission to officers to secure the residence. Two weapons were found, including a Ruger 357 caliber, which was identified by authorities as a stolen weapon from Santa Fe County.
 Hart appeared in Magistrate Court in front of judge Jim Naranjo on Thursday morning. Crowley, Cederstrom and Moses will have a preliminary hearing on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.
Fernandez said 93 plants were eradicated from the Bosquecito Road residence and deputy Shorty Vaiza said 1,202 plants were eradicated from the site south along the Rio Grande River. Authorities said the street value of the marijuana was $6 million.

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