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LAPD arrest six in drug bust

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos County Police Department arrested six suspects Wednesday after a month-long drug investigation.

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 The LAPD’s Investigations Unit, led by Detective Sergeant Oliver Morris, has been investigating the illegal trafficking of methamphetamine throughout the county.

Everything came to a head Wednesday when detectives executed search warrants on three separate residences in Los Alamos and a vehicle search warrant in White Rock.  The Los Alamos Monitor had received numerous reports of police activity throughout the area Wednesday. As it turned out, investigators were moving from location to location arresting suspects and seizing drugs, cash and evidence.

The following suspects were apprehended throughout the day and charged with the following;

• Christopher Sandy, 37, trafficking a controlled substance, conspiracy, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia;

• Daniel Hoth, 28, trafficking a controlled substance, conspiracy, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia;

• David Simmons, 37, trafficking a controlled substance, conspiracy, possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute;

• Kevin Herring, 36, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation;

• Krista Wilhelm, 28, conditions of release violation;

• Desiree Nitz, 23, conditions of release violation.

Morris said in an email that all six are still in custody at the Los Alamos Detention Center and most likely face the judge Tuesday.

More than $6,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized during the police sweep along with hundreds of dollars in cash.

Police officials said these cases involved many hours of surveillance and investigation. All the detectives and assisting officers worked together to make an impact against the illegal drug culture in the community.

“My team: Det. (Paige) Early, Det. (Daniel) Roberts, Det. (Ben) Hinrichs, and Cpl. (Miguel) Maez,  has worked tirelessly over the past month on this current case while still addressing property crimes, forgeries, embezzlement, computer crimes, etc.  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,” Morris said.

“I take it personally when I see drugs in our community. I have spoken to many community members that 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.” 

Ballew said two arrests were made about a month ago in regards to trafficking meth.

“Meth” is a destructive drug, many of our property crimes (burglaries and larcenies) stem from using this drug,” Ballew said.

Wardlow-Herrera added, “This was a department-wide effort.” 

The addresses involved in the raid were 4039 D Sycamore. 3790 No. 2 Gold St.. and 3806 No. 6 Gold St.