Medford woman charged in Indy meth ring
A Medford woman arrested earlier this month in Indianapolis is accused of being part of a drug ring with more than a dozen players who trafficked methamphetamine between Southern Oregon and the largest city in Indiana.
Kayla Cheryl Navarro, 26, is among 13 people charged with conspiring to distribute meth for the alleged ringleader, identified as Cristian Gutierrez-Alvarez, according to documents filed last week in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.
Navarro, of the 2700 block of South Stage Road, was arrested on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant Feb. 13 by members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force, which consists of U.S. marshals, Jackson County sheriff’s personnel and Central Point police, according to a press release issued Saturday by the sheriff’s office.
Navarro allegedly directed another dealer to deliver about 7 ounces of meth at the North Medford Walmart on Nov. 20 as part of Gutierrez-Alvarez’ scheme.
The drug ring is believed to have trafficked pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico to Southern Oregon over the past few months, in addition to trafficking dealer quantities of marijuana, heroin and meth to Indiana, according to federal court documents.
“Throughout the conspiracy, the defendants spoke on telephones using code language to discuss their drug-trafficking operation,” the indictment says.
On Dec. 2, Gutierrez-Alvarez allegedly had a runner named Manuel “Tony” Vasquez-Soto arrange for two pounds of meth to be stashed at a location in the Medford area, court documents say. On Jan. 16, Gutierrez-Alvarez and Vasquez-Soto are believed to have worked with other suspects to traffic more than a pound of heroin and 30 pounds of marijuana from Oregon to Indianapolis, the documents say.
Navarro, Gutierrez-Alvarez and Vasquez-Soto are among 13 people charged in U.S. District Court of Indianapolis with conspiring to distribute controlled substances. Others charged are Jorge “Panda” Tadeo, Jose “Negro” Castillo-Pardo, Leonidas Camacho-Soto, Rolfi Gonzalez, Bety Virgen-Tadeo, Mario “Gordo” Tadeo, Julio Cesar Cordova-Galindo, Veronica Siordia-Cortez, Kayla Navarro and Jesus “Taliban” Pedroza-Garcia.
Navarro also faces charges in Jackson County Circuit Court accusing her of keeping condoms filled with methamphetamine and heroin inside her body at the time of her arrest. She is awaiting extradition to Indiana, court records show.
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