Repeat Meth Distribution Charged

An investigation by Clinton Police and a federal special agent is cited with an arrest yesterday. 68-year-old Joseph John Ortega of Unit 5 at 900 Prather Circle, Clinton is charged with 3rd Offense Distribution of Methamphetamine, with Possession of Meth with Intent to Distribute within Proximity of a School and with Drug Conspiracy.

Sgt. Shane Prather states that on April 23rd of this year Joseph J. Ortega sold a quantity of methamphetamines to a confidential informant working in an undercover capacity at 409 East Ferguson Street. This was investigated by Sgt. Prather and a special agent from ATF. The alleged transaction site was noted as being within a half mile of Clinton Middle School. Sgt. Prather further states that at the same day and at the same location Ortega conspired with another person to sell a quantity of meth to that confidential informant.

Additional charges were expected. Joseph John Ortega remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.