Oct 12,2007 00:00
BWNS & Cheryl McDermott
After observing a number of traffic violations, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s sergeant and deputy assisted by a drug-detecting K-9 partner stopped a van on Highway 97 Thursday and ultimately arrested three Fresno, California men for allegedly smuggling untaxed cigarettes and pirated DVD movies.
Cima, Deputy Crawford and “Narc” found one of the suspects, 21-year old Jorge Renteria-Cuevas, hiding under a pile of blankets in the back of the van. Preliminary investigation suggests Renteria-Cuevas is in the country illegally.
A further search of the van uncovered about 55 cartons of untaxed Marlboro cigarettes and about 122 copies of allegedly pirated DVDs, plus numerous forged social security cards and resident alien cards and laminating materials, the news release stated.
Renteria-Cuevas and the other two men were taken into custody and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail. Also arrested were Jose Zambrano, 26, and Salvador Mercado, 52. Deputies believe that Mercado is a “previously deported felon”.
All three suspects have been charged with unlawful Transport and distribution of Untaxed Cigarettes. Renteria-Cuevas is also charged with first-degree forgery.