Editor’s note: It turns out that a serch warrant was executed at 76 Isleta Dr., and police confiscated drugs from the residence. A search warrant also was executed on a vehicle that had parked on Isleta Drive.
Money, drugs and other items confiscated in Wednesday’s drug bust at residences in Los Alamos including 4039 D Sycamore, 3790 #2 Gold St., and 3806 #6 Gold St. Courtesy/LAPD
Over the past month the Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations unit led by Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris has been strenuously investigating illegal trafficking of methamphetamine throughout Los Alamos County.
Everything came to a head Wednesday, Nov. 6, when detectives executed search warrants on three separate residences in Los Alamos and a vehicle search warrant in White Rock. Investigators moved swiftly from location to location arresting suspects and seizing drugs, cash and evidence.
These suspects were apprehended throughout the day:
CHRISTOPHER SANDY, 37, of Los Alamos charged with trafficking of a controlled substance, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
KRISTA WILHELM, 28, of Los Alamos charged with conditions of release violation.
DESIREE NITZ, 23, of Los Alamos charged with conditions of release violation.
DANIEL HOTH, 28, of Los Alamos charged with trafficking of a controlled substance, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.
DAVID SIMMONS, 37, of Albuquerque charged with trafficking of a controlled substance, conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
KEVIN HERRING, 36, of Los Alamos charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation.
More than $6,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized during this operation and hundreds of dollars in cash. These cases have taken many hours of surveillance and investigation. All the detectives and assisting officers worked together to make the most impact against the illegal drug culture in our community.
This home at 4039 D Sycamore is one of three residences in which a search warrant was executed Wednesday. Courtesy/LAPD
This residence at 3806 #6 Gold St., is one of three residences in which a search warrant was executed Wednesday. Courtesy/LAPD
“My team, Det. Early, Det. Roberts, Det. Hinrichs, and Cpl. Maez, has worked tirelessly over the past month on this current case while still addressing property crimes, forgeries, embezzlement, computer crimes, etc.,” Morris said. “I want to thank them for their sacrifices and thank our department commanders (Jason Wardlow-Herrera and Preston Ballew) for supporting and getting us the tools we needed to get the job done. Also our patrol officers stepped up and assisted us time and time again. It feels very rewarding when everything comes together. I take it personally when I see drugs in our community. I have spoken to many community members who have reached out to me expressing their concerns regarding the local drug activity. I want them to know we will do whatever it takes to combat this issue.”
“This all comes after two arrests were made about a month ago also regarding trafficking methamphetamine,” Ballew said, adding that ‘meth’ is a destructive drug, many of our property crimes (burglaries and larcenies) stem from using this drug.”
Wardlow-Herrera said the arrests were the culmination of a department-wide effort.
Editor’s Note: Police indicate that some of these charges may be amended as new information is gathered.