On Thursday, the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s office, members of the Houston Police Department Narcotics Division and the US Drug Enforcement Agency arrested the second illegal immigrant in less than one month in connection with a major local methamphetamine distribution operation.
The latest warrant was served in the 5000 block of Lost Cove Lane in Spring, where officers arrested 21-year-old Alquer Duarte. On February 9, the group arrested Duarte’s associate, 22-year-old Hanner Pineda. Both men are charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, more than 400 grams, which is a first-degree felony. Bond for that charge is set at $500,000 each. However, the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on both men because they are in the U.S. illegally and they will not be released even if bond is posted.
During the investigation in Montgomery County, officers seized methamphetamine with a street value of over one-quarter of a million dollars from the operation.
Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden called the arrests a “major victory,” but said it was not the beginning or the end of the battle.
“This is another example of what can be accomplished when agencies work together with a common goal and determination to clean up our streets,” Hayden said. “I’d like to thank the other agencies involved in this successful endeavor.”
“An operation of this magnitude makes me appreciate the tireless dedication of my narcotics division, which is headed up by Lt. Mark Seals,” He said. “He and Deputy McHugh, along with our K-9 and interdiction units, put a tremendous amount of time and effort into cleaning up the streets of East Montgomery County.”
“I’d also like to warn anyone else who may be distributing drugs in East Montgomery County that we will do whatever it takes to put an end to this problem and put those responsible behind bars,” he said. “In this case, we pooled our resources with area and federal agencies, and I’m very pleased with the outcome.”