Two arrested on counts of cocaine distribution

Juan Mendoza-Mejia

Two men were recently arrested on counts of cocaine distribution after a traffic stop led to the search of a Front Royal house.

Ricky Coronado, 30, of South Boston, was arrested June 6 on two felony counts of cocaine possession or distribution, one felony count of conspiracy to possess or distribute cocaine and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.

Juan Mendoza-Mejia, 31, of the 100 block of Richmond Road, Front Royal, was arrested June 7 on one felony count of cocaine possession or distribution and one felony count of conspiracy to distribute or possess cocaine.

Coronado was pulled over for speeding, according to a criminal complaint by Warren County Sheriff’s Officer Calvin Clatterbuck.

Clatterbuck states in the complaint that he smelled alcohol when Coronado rolled down the window and then showed signs of impairment during a field sobriety test. The complaint states that a K-9 search subsequently turned up three bags of cocaine.

Ricky Coronado

Coronado’s arrest led to a search warrant being executed at 115 Richmond Road. Warren County Sheriff’s Officer M.L. Henry states in a criminal complaint that Mendoza-Mejia was inside when the search was conducted.

The complaint states that Mendoza-Mejia showed officers the bedroom he shares with Coronado. During a search of that bedroom, Henry states that a backpack was discovered containing about 14 grams of cocaine and Mendoza-Mejia’s passport. Another bag was found holding money.

Henry adds that cocaine was also found in a plastic bag under Coronado’s mattress and multiple gram bags of cocaine were found in an Arizona Iced Tea can with a false top. The complaint states that other items found included digital scales, multiple cell phones and “packaging material.”

Coronado and Mendoza-Mejia are due in Warren County General District Court today.