BONNEY LAKE, Wash.—A Bonney Lake couple is in jail after a meth lab bust in their home.
The bust happened Tuesday morning on the 18200 block of Bonney Lake Blvd. Jesus Villagomez-Ledezma appeared in court Wednesday on multiple drugs and weapons charges. His girlfriend Rosa Nelida Cuevas-Valencia was also charged.
Investigators in Pierce County are calling this a major bust, with enough meth for a commercial operation and enough to put a whole community in danger, after recovering six pounds of crystal meth, 24 pounds of liquid meth, 19 grams of cocaine and four firearms between two residences where reportedly kids ages 8 to 15 were living.
”To see this amount of meth to come back into a residence is very alarming and disturbing, and it should be to everybody because there are a lot of ways where there could be explosions,” said Pierce County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Troyer. “You have the possibility of cartels, weapons, and the fumes that come with this. This is a danger.”
Investigators believe the two charged Wednesday are in the country illegally from Mexico. They fear this bust was part of a bigger, possibly international drug operation using liquid meth that can be more easily transported between borders.
Villagomez-Ledezma pleaded not guilty to his charges, and his bail was set at $600,000. Cuevas-Valencia pleaded not guilty to her charges, and bail was set at $100,000. Court documents indicate her children were in the custody of Child Protective Services.