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Federal authorities make meth bust in Washington County, six arrested

Four pounds of methamphetamine were discovered at a home in rural Washington County last week, resulting in the arrest of six people on immigration charges.
On Jan. 31, federal authorities arrested Jose Cruz Guevara-Cazarez, 55; Rosalva Guadalupe Robledo, 48; Arnoldo Ayala Guevara, 49; Habraham Enrique Guevara, 26; Emilio Beltran Sanchez, 31; and Enrique Rivas, 33, on complaints regarding their immigration status.
Guevara-Cazarez, Robledo and Guevara lived in Limestone while the other three individuals arrested lived in Oklahoma. All, except Rivas, are natives of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
All six individuals made their initial court appearances on Feb. 1 and have been detained pending their arraignment, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans, said the case fell within “the wide range of transnational crimes that are tailor made to be dealt with using HSI’s numerous authorities.”
Law enforcement agencies participating in the arrests included the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, HSI, the First Judicial Drug Task Force, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnson City Police Department, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Greeneville Police Department.
“This joint investigation demonstrates to individuals who think they can commit such acts without repercussions that HSI and our law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring the integrity of our governmental systems and constant vigilance over our national security,” Parmer said.