10 Arrested In SLPD “Operation Winter Blues” Drug Investigation

Storm Lake Police have made a series of arrests in connection with a 12-month investigation into the sale of illegal and prescription drugs.

On November 28th, 20-year-old Yunan Nyama of Storm Lake was charged with gathering where meth is used, a class “D” felony… and jailed on a five-thousand dollar bond.

On December 18th, 41-year-old Fernando Veliz of Storm Lake was charged with three counts of delivery of meth, a class “D” felony, and jailed on a ten-thousand dollar bond.

On December 20th, 20-year-old Jesus Diaz of Storm Lake was charge with possession of meth with intent to deliver, a class “C” felony. He was in jail on an unrelated matter, and was held on a ten-thousand dollar bond.

On December 19th, 24-year-old Kang Char and 21-year-old Nyadil Deng, both of Alta, were charged with delivery of marijuana, a class “D” felony. Both were jailed on five-thousand dollar bonds.

On December 20th, 24-year-old Zachary Kraft of Storm Lake was arrested after allegedly assaulting his roommate by restricting the victim’s airway. He was charged with domestic strangulation, an aggravated misdemeanor… possession of marijuana wax, a serious misdemeanor… and three counts of delivery of meth, a class “D” felony. Kraft was held in jail without bond.

On December 21st, 20-year-old Jonaz Maldonado of Alta was charged with delivery of meth, a class “C” felony. He was in the Cherokee County jail on an unrelated charge, and is being held on a ten-thousand dollar bond.

On December 21st, police arrested 33-year-old Lisa Snedeker and her mother, 57-year-old Judy Snedeker, both of Storm Lake. Lisa was charged with two counts of delivery of a class two controlled substance. Judy was charged with conspiracy to deliver a schedule two controlled substance. The charges are class “C” felonies. Both were jailed on ten-thousand dollar bonds.

On December 21st, 34-year-old Chan Khaoorn of Storm Lake was charged with delivery of meth, a class “B” felony, and jailed on a 20-thousand dollar bond.

The “Operation Winter Blues” enforcement action continues, with additional arrests expected. Police were assisted in some of the arrests by the Buena Vista and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Offices.