Tasty Burrito bust yields 61 pounds of pot
A drug investigation in the City of Bridges leads police to a mountain of pot.
The investigation began on Monday with a Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force search of the Brian Dean Rork residence on South Willard Street in Ottumwa.
That search led to the discovery of drugs and firearms and the arrest of Rork and two other men.
It was the arrests of those men, Jose Guadalupe Inocencio, 24, and Jorge Lugo-Gomez, 35, that caused police to search a storage locker and the Tasty Burrito restaurant on Church Street.
At those locations, police found 61 pounds of pot, five pounds of meth and large quantities of synthetic cannabinoids.
All three men face multiple felony drug counts.
Lugo-Gomez is being held on a warrant from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
All three men remain in the Wapello County Jail on bonds in excess of $100,000.
Press release from Ottumwa P.D.
On Monday, June 09, 2014, officers from the Wapello County Sheriffâ??s Department, Ottumwa Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force, executed search warrants at the following locations.
The Brian Dean Rork residence located on S. Willard, Ottumwa. As a result of the search of Rorkâ??s residence, officers seized items consistent with the distribution of controlled substances, firearms, marijuana plants, and a DMT clandestine laboratory.
Rork was arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver more than 5 grams of Methamphetamine, a Class "B" Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, a Class "D" Felony, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, a Class "D" Felony. Rork is currently being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $110,000 bond.
During the course of the search of Rorkâ??s residence, officers arrested Jose Guadalupe Inocencio, age 24, and Jorge Lugo-Gomez, age 35, who both reside at a residence on 150th Street, Ottumwa, IA.
Officers subsequently obtained search warrants for the business Tasty Burrito, located at 707 Church Street, Ottumwa, 1707 Asbury, Ottumwa, a residence on 150th Street, Ottumwa and a storage unit located in Ottumwa. During the course of these searches, officers seized approximately 61 pounds of marijuana, 5 pounds of methamphetamine, and a large amount of synthetic cannabinoids.
Jose Guadalupe Inocencio and Jorge Lugo-Gomez were each arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Deliver more than 5 grams of Methamphetamine, a Class "B" Felony, Conspiracy to Deliver Marijuana, a Class "D" Felony, and (2) counts of Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, Class "D" Felonies.
Inocencio and Lugo-Gomez are each being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $115,000 bond. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
Lugo-Gomez also known as Christian Ivan Ayala-Quinonez is also being held on a detainer arrest warrant from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Officers from the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force and the Oskaloosa Police Department assisted with the investigation.