Two Bonney Lake residents were charged July 9 by Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist with nine counts including possession of methamphetamine and cocaine with the intent to sell.
The two pleaded not guilty during their arraignment.
“In recent years we’ve succeeded in nearly eliminating methamphetamine manufacturing labs from Pierce County,” Lindquist said in a press release. “These conversion labs pose a new threat we are aggressively prosecuting, just as we did the manufacturing labs.”
A search warrant was served July 8 at the Bonney Lake residence of defendants Jesus Villagomez-Ledezma, 30, and his girlfriend Rosa Nelida Cuevas-Valencia, 38.
Along with the defendants, an 8-year-old girl was at the residence at the time of the search.
During the search, multiple pounds of dry methamphetamine were found. Packaging, digital scales, crib notes were also found in the Bonney Lake home.
“This material (that was found) revealed that this was a long standing operation,” according to the charging documents.
Cocaine was also found in the residence in smaller amounts to be sold. And among the drug paraphernalia, the officers found $5,000 in cash.
According to the charging documents, dozens of containers were found containing liquid methamphetamine being converted into finished crystal meth.
“Evidently, the residence was being used as an ‘Ice Conversion Lab,’” the documents stated.
The charging documents stated that ice conversion is the process when liquid meth is recrystallized.
The liquid meth is commonly made in “Super Labs” in Mexico and it transported in liquor bottles, water bottles or small coolers across the border.
Also found in the home were two pistols, a rifle and a shotgun.
Cuevas-Valencia stated during the search, “she had little knowledge of (his) activities and claimed to be in fear of him.” While also admitting that she was aware that meth was being manufactured in the kitchen.
The charging documents stated that documents were found in the residence with both their names on it.
Cuevas-Valencia’s 8-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son have been placed with Child Protective Services.
The charging documents stated that testing is being done to determine if the children have been exposed. Additional charges could follow if the tests come back positive.
Villagomez-Ledezma was charged with seven of the nine counts. He was charged with the unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance, methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver methamphetamine and another count for cocaine and four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm while not being a citizen of the United States.
The charging documents also stated the citizenship status of Villagomez-Ledezma is being investigated and additional charges could follow.
Cuevas-Valencia has been charged with the unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance methamphetamine and the unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
The two also split their time between a Sumner residence.
Villagomez-Ledezma is held on $600,000 bail and her bail is set at $100,000.