Drug bust nets meth, marijuana, money

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A drug bust has resulted in three arrests along with the seizure of 32.8 grams of methamphethemine, one pound of marijuana and a stash of cash. The bust was the result of a successful partnership between the Kickapoo Tribal Police Department and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s a huge bust made by two departments,” said Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer, adding it takes a “big dent” of drugs off the streets. Palmer said it began when Kickapoo Officer Greg Sciortino contacted Deputies Joe Leeds and Brent Vanlandingham about a tip involving a couple from the McLoud area who had allegedly purchased a large quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana. The couple was reportedly staying in the Shawnee Motel 6 to divide up the drugs for sale, Palmer said. Along with Deputy Chris Ayers, the officers went to the Motel 6 with Leed’s drug dog, Judo. As part of the probe, the dog indicated there were drugs in a vehicle parked in the Motel 6 parking lot, so authorities made contact with two suspects, Donnie Pacheco and Gwendolyn Daingkau, Palmer said. Palmer said they allegedly admitted buying the drugs from a suspect in Oklahoma City, and there were reportedly text messages on cell phones to prove the buy. Seized at the Motel 6 location was one pound of marijuana, Palmer said, along with 6.8 grams of methamphetamine, which sells at about $80 per gram. As far as amounts, a gram of meth equates to about one-third of a packet of sugar. Palmer said $400 in cash also was seized. As the investigation continued, Palmer said the suspects agreed to help identify their supplier. Through text messages, a buy was set up to purchase more meth, Palmer said, with the meeting location at I-40 and McLoud Road. As events unfolded, they set up to buy 26 more grams of methamphetamine, Palmer said. Deputy Amanda Myrko joined the investigation, along with Kickapoo Officer Wolfgang Hinkle, he said. The suspect showed up to sell 26 grams during the fake buy. Along with him was his pregnant wife, along with five children, Palmer said. Arrested at the scene near McLoud was Rogelio Gamboa, Palmer said. Authorities recovered 26 grams of methamphetamine, along with nearly $8,000 in cash, Palmer said. Gamboa’s children were released into their grandmother’s custody and his wife was not arrested, Palmer said. The three others were booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on various drug-related complaints. Gamboa remained jailed Thursday night on a $50,000 bond, with complaints including trafficking, unlawful telephone solicitation and conspiracy, jail records show. Jail officials said he also was being held for immigration officials. Pacheco remained jailed with a $20,000 bond on a complaint of possession with intent to distribute. Daingkau was released Wednesday after posting a $20,000 bond, according to jail records. Along with cash seized, Palmer said they expect to file for seizure of two vehicles — a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a Dodge pickup — relating to this case. Palmer praised the efforts of both departments, adding this is one reason why they are cross-deputized to assist each other. “They did a great job,” he said. Sheriff Mike Booth helped oversee the case, which began Monday evening, Palmer said. The case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of formal charges being filed. Watch for updates.