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For the week of May 30 through June 5, 2001

Illegal aliens arrested on meth charge

Bellevue Marshal’s deputies on Friday arrested three Mexican men on felony drug possession charges after allegedly finding six grams of methamphetamine in their possession.

Juan Ceja, Jorge Chavez and Jesus Hill-Vasquez, allegedly illegal aliens living in Bellevue and Hailey, were reported in custody in Blaine County Jail yesterday awaiting deportation to Mexico.

According to Marshal Randy Tremble, deputies patrolling by foot and car saw Chavez enter La Nortenita bar on Main Street. Mistakenly believing he was someone else on probation and forbidden from being in a bar, two deputies approached him outside the bar in an attempt to question him. Upon seeing the officers, Chavez fled into the bar and out the back door, where he was grabbed by a third officer already stationed there.

Tremble said Chavez was unable to provide any identification and, upon questioning, said he had arrived with Ceja and Hill-Vasquez, who were parked in a car at Guffy’s. After questioning the other two men, the deputies found two rocks of meth in the back of their car.

Tremble said there is a lot of meth being sold in Bellevue now, much of it in the town’s bars.


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