Two Arrested, One on the Run

Saturday, June 24, 2017

 

Two people are in custody and another is on the run in connection to two separate, but potentially related drug trafficking cases. Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit Commander Phil Sims says earlier this month,  agents received information that Christopher Hanson would be bringing a large amount of methamphetamine to Etowah County from Georgia. Once they spotted the SUV Hanson was driving they tried to pull him over. Hanson attempted to lose agents by driving into a gravel parking lot, but agents blocked the parking lot, trapping Hanson. Agents recovered about 2.7 pounds of methamphetamine from a backpack and more than $4,000 in cash. Hanson is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and attempting to elude. His bond is set at $50,000. On the same day, agents received a tip that Isabell Mendoza would be bringing a large amount of methamphetamine to Etowah County from Georgia. When agents stopped and arrested Mendoza, they recovered 2.6 pounds of methamphetamine from the SUV Mendoza was driving. She is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and her bond is set at $75,000. The drug task force commander says the meth they seized is high quality. After agents arrested Mendoza, they learn she had dropped Brenda Olauge off at a nearby restaurant to be a lookout. Olauge left the area before she could be arrested. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office.

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