BINTF Still in the Hunt For Men Connected to Butte County Meth Ring

Aug 22, 2013 2:09 PM

The Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) are still looking to arrest three additional subjects in connection to a methamphetamine syndicate largely dismantled yesterday morning by a joint operation by BINTF and the DEA.

Yesterday morning, “Operation Crystal Ball” took down a local Methamphetamine ring in the county as a result of a 10 month long investigation. Those arrested yesterday were Federico Sandoval Aguilar and Alejandro Lopez-Corona of Biggs, Manuel Garcia Navarro, Rafael Morfin-Medina, Rickey Lee Xiong, Sou Xiong, Cindy Lee Hunter, all of Oroville. The arresting officers also seized approximately ten pounds of methamphetamine, five firearms including one stolen weapon, and more than $70,000 of drug proceeds.

Three additional suspects remain wanted and are subject to arrest by BINTF. Those subjects are 37-year-old Pao Eric Thao (aka “Smiley), 31-year-old Neng Chue Xion, and 52-year-old David Milton Eleazar.

According to the BINTF, couriers transported pound quantities of methamphetamine from Mexico to Butte County and at the direction of Aguilar. Members of the organization then sold these drugs to local associates for further distribution and sale.

All three subjects have ties to the Oroville area. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these subjects is requested to contact BINTF at (530) 891-3124, or (530) 538-2261.


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