Troy PD, DEA bust two for Meth

Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 22, 2014

Troy Police Department assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency in a combined effort to arrest two Pike County men on charges for conspiracy to posses with the intent to distribute Methamphetamine.

According to a press release sent out by Lt. Bryan Weed, public information officer for Troy PD, the two men were Jose Hernandez, 25, of Troy, and Cristian Alonzo Espinoza, 21, of Troy, were arrested Wednesday, Nov. 19 after a large amount of crystal meth, or ICE, was recovered from the residence in Hunters Mountain Parkway.

Hernandez and Espinoza were transported to Montgomery and will appear in the Federal Court of the Middle District of Alabama to determine if they will be released until their trial, which has yet to be set.

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Espinoza and Hernandez were both charged with conspiracy to posses with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and Weed said sentences for the two would be determined by the weight of the methamphetamine that had been taken for analysis.

“It is going to wind up being determined when they get the weight back from the lab for the methamphetamine,” Weed said. “The weight is likely going to determine the charges as well as any prior criminal charges they may have had. These will all just help with determining with their sentencing guidelines. They’ll go in front of the judge in the Middle District of Alabama, and they’ll have a hearing to determine whether or not they’ll be released before their trial takes place.”

Police Chief Jimmy Ennis said he would like to thank the DEA for all of the hard work and cooperation that they gave to the Troy Police Department during the course of this investigation.