Monday, December 31, 2012



Note: Have to wonder where Ortega and Valenzuela might be now?
Lopez here illegally, in the court system, and still out and free to
do drug deals and murder?
Thanks BHO and Janet.

Suspect arrested in fatal shootout during drug deal
Posted: Dec 28, 2012 3:41 PM MST
Updated: Dec 28, 2012 3:41 PM MST
By Julie Rose, FOX 10 News Web Producer - bio

2 wanted in drug deal turned murder
Police arrested a man Thursday in connection to a drug deal turned

On the morning of December 20, the suspect, Aristeo Rodriguez Lopez,
and two associates went to the area of 2600 North 43rd Ave to make a
drug sale, court documents allege.

During the commission of the drug sale, one of the buyers, David
Banuelos, pulled out a large amount of counterfeit currency.
Banuelos, part of the buying party, then pulled a gun and attempted
to rob the selling party of the marijuana.

A gunfight ensued inside the apartment, and Banuelos, Lopez, and
outstanding suspect Ramiro Ortega were shot. Banuelos died as a
result of his injury.

Lopez was shot in the leg. Surveillance video shows his associate,
Julio Gonzalez Valenzuela, dropped him off at the hospital.

Lopez was released from the hospital Thursday, to be taken into custody.
Police say that Lopez has admitted to going to the apartment with
outstanding suspect Julio Valenzuela to sell marijuana to Banuelos
and his associates.

Lopez was booked into jail on charges of first degree murder and
possession of marijuana for sale. Even if an individual didn't
necessarily pull the trigger, since a homicide occurred during the
commission of a felony, Lopez can be charged with felony first degree

Court documents also show that Lopez is in the country illegally from

150 pounds of marijuana were found inside the apartment, worth an
estimated $70,000.

Ortega and Valenzuela are still on the loose and their whereabouts
are unknown.
Ortega is known to drive a 2004 Nissan 35OZ with pink wheels, Arizona
license plate OFBP33. Valenzuela drives a 2003 Dodge truck, Arizona
license plate 51FB40.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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