Task force sting nets two

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Investigators with the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force were involved in a drug bust on Aug. 22 near Valleydale Road in Pelham that netted 7.7 pounds of cocaine and 3.7 pounds of methamphetamines.

The task force, which partnered with agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, also arrested two suspects in the sting during the course of a narcotics investigation. Officers also seized two vehicles.

Ricardo Jaimes Romero, 24, and Gilberto Deleon, 26, both of Bessemer, are being held in Shelby County jail on a combined total of $7 million in bonds.

&8220;This is a good example of the level of cooperation that exists between city, county and federal law enforcement agencies, within Shelby County,&8221; Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry said.

Romero is charged with six counts of trafficking in controlled substances. Four of these counts are for trafficking in methamphetamine and the remaining counts are for trafficking in cocaine. Romero is being held on a total of $6 million in bonds.

Deleon is charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and one count of conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine.

He is being held at the on a total bond of $1 million.

&8220;As a result of this seizure and these arrests, a considerable amount of cocaine and methamphetamine is no longer available for sale in our county,&8221; Curry said.

&8220;I am very pleased that we were able to bring a task force concept back to Shelby County for this very reason.&8221;