Clarke raid nets two on charges of distributing meth

Posted: June 27, 2013

The Winchester Star

Augustin Solis-Viveros
Jose Luis Ibarra-Ayon

HARRISONBURG — Two men have been federally indicted for distributing methamphetamine after a large drug bust in Clarke County.

Jose Luis Ibarra-Ayon, 23, of Boyce, and Augustin Solis-Viveros, 19, of Winchester, are charged in a six-count indictment unsealed Tuesday and made available Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

They are charged together in one count with knowingly and intentionally conspiring with other persons known and not known to the grand jury to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth from November 2012 to Jan. 24.

They also are charged together in one count with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of meth on Jan. 24 at or near the Sheetz at 747 Fairfax St., Stephens City.

Ibarra-Ayon was additionally charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of meth on Jan. 24 at his house, located on Lord Fairfax Highway, near Boyce; knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine on Jan. 24; and illegally re-entering the U.S. after previously being deported in 2009.

Solis-Viveros was additionally charged with entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico.

Winchester police Lt. Wallace Stotlemyer said Wednesday that the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force investigation started through controlled purchases from a Virginia State Police confidential informant.

He said that officers seized a lot more than 50 grams of meth during one recent bust at one of the men’s residences near White Post.

Without the paperwork in front of him, Stotlemyer estimated that the bust yielded several ounces of meth — 50 grams would be less than two ounces — and a substantial amount of cocaine as well.

He added that a typical dealer may have one-half to one gram of meth at any one time.

The investigation focused primarily on distribution and there were no indications that Ibarra-Ayon and Solis-Viveros were using the drugs, according to Stotlemyer.

Court documents indicate that the duo could face 10 or more years in prison for the charges brought against them. Both men are being held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange and are each scheduled for a jury trial at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com