On October 22, 2014, the Northwest Regional Gang and Drug Task Force (NWRGDTF) completed a ten month investigation of two Everson area men involved in the sale of methamphetamine and heroin in Whatcom County. During the on-going investigation, undercover agents purchased ounce quantities of methamphetamine and heroin from both suspects on multiple occasions. The NWRGDTF was assisted in the investigation by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Bellingham Police Department, the Bellingham office of the DEA and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The suspects in this investigation are identified as:
Manuel “Manny” Moreno Gonzalez (30 year old male)
1768 E. Pole Road
Rudolfo “Rudy” Nava (33 year old male)
115 W. Second St.
Manuel Moreno Gonzalez had previously been identified as a significant supplier of methamphetamine and heroin in Whatcom County. Over the past several months, undercover agents purchased drugs from his Pole Road residence. On the morning of October 22, 2014, Deputies arrested Moreno Gonzalez on a traffic stop in the Lynden, Washington area. A search warrant was then served on his residence on Pole Road. Detectives recovered approximately 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine from the residence, as well as 4 ounces of heroin. They also recovered a stolen handgun and seized approximately $3000 in cash. Moreno Gonzalez is a Mexican citizen who is illegally in the United States. He has previously been deported from the country on three occasions.
Moreno Gonzalez was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on the investigation of the following charges:
• 4 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine and Heroin)
• Maintaining a Vehicle/Premises for Drug Trafficking
• Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver
• Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver
• Possession of a Stolen Firearm
• Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd (previously convicted of a felony)
• Alien in Possession of a Firearm
Rudolfo Nava had previously been identified as a distributor of narcotics in Whatcom County and has previously been arrested by the NWRGDTF for narcotics sales and deliveries. It is believed Moreno Gonzalez supplies Nava with the narcotics and Nava then makes sales of the drugs in Whatcom County. Over the past several months, undercover agents purchased heroin and methamphetamine from Nava in controlled-buy situations.
On the morning of October 22, 2014, law enforcement attempted to arrest Nava at a location in the 7000 block of Everson Goshen Road. Nava attempted to flee from agents in a vehicle he was driving. Officers pursued Nava to a location in the 600 block of Roeder Avenue in Everson, where he was forced to stop and taken into custody without further incident. Nava was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on the investigation of 3 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Heroin. Additional charges may be pending in regards to further Narcotics Violations as well as Felony Eluding. Nava has six previous felony convictions, of which 5 are related to drug violations.