Another arrest has been made in a felony drug and money laundering operation that officials say involves at least 11 suspects and more than $150,000 in cash and marijuana.
Jesus Medina Jr., 34, of Hemet, California, and Juan Alfredo Ibarra, 34, of Owasso, Oklahoma, were arrested on Thursday. They are two of the remaing suspects in a case that links people from California and East Texas to a scheme that involved mailing large amounts of marijuana from California to Tyler.
Medina and Ibarra were booked into the Smith County Jail about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. They were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, according to Smith County judicial records.
Medina was held on a $3 million bond and Ibarra was held on a $750,000 bond, according to jail record.
At least eight suspects in this case have been booked into the Smith County Jail since July 18. Another suspect, 35-year-old Scott David Demers, has not been arrested.
The scheme came to light in February 2016 after Tyler Police Department detectives and Department of Public Safety investigators discovered large amounts of marijuana were being shipped through the mail to a residence in the 6100 block of Rhones Quarter Road.
U.S. Postal Service records indicated over 25 parcels believed to contain almost 65 pounds of marijuana had been shipped to the Tyler home from California between October 2015 and March 2016.
Authorities intercepted two packages and made the first arrests in the