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Police: Slayings not random
Seized marijuana could be worth up to $20K
The pickup at left was found on Daniel Road, Axton, with the body of Alfonso Navarro-Pena. The pickup at right was found at 625 Sportsplex Way, Axton. Noel Navarro-Pena, whose body was found lying in that parking lot, had been known to use the vehicle, according to Sheriff Lane Perry. The Navarro-Penas are brothers, according to police.
Monday, June 30, 2014
By GINNY WRAY - Bulletin Staff Writer
The shootings that left two brothers dead in Henry County over the weekend were not believed to be random, police said Sunday.
"We absolutely believe the victims knew the individual or individuals responsible" for their deaths, said Capt. Eric Winn of the Henry County Sheriff's Office. "We have no reason to believe it was a random incident" and cause for people to be unduly concerned for their own safety.
Alfonso Navarro-Pena, 40, and his brother, Noel Navarro-Pena, 33, both of 211 Sugar Tree Drive, Axton, were found dead Friday night and early Saturday, respectively, according to the sheriff's office.
Alfonso Navarro-Pena was found in a 1998 Ford F-150 in the 100 block of Daniel Road in Axton; Noel Navarro-Pena was found lying in a parking lot at 625 Sportsplex Way, Axton, police said.
Noel Navarro-Pena was found near a Nissan Titan that he had been known to drive, Sheriff Lane Perry said Saturday.
Both brothers suffered gunshot wounds.
No arrests had been made in the case as of late Sunday afternoon, Winn said.
"We have leads we are running down," he said, adding that he could not release any information on possible suspects.
"We are getting calls … with some positive information," he said. "I would like to stress that if anyone saw the two vehicles … anywhere, whether they think it is insignificant or not, please call" the sheriff's office.
Perry said said Saturday that investigators feel "drug and drug trafficking play into this crime," and he repeated that Sunday.
"It is very apparent that drug trafficking was involved in their lives and so just seeing what else we can find about their associates and piece together would be very helpful," he said.
To help do that, Perry said investigators will contact other agencies, including federal ones, today for information they may have about the brothers and others.
A search warrant was executed Saturday at 211 Sugar Tree Drive in connection with the homicides, according to a sheriff's office news release. Seized in the search were about $28,000 in U.S. currency, 25 pounds of purported marijuana, 2.6 ounces of purported cocaine, four firearms, ammunition, numerous cellular telephones, two computers and assorted documentation, the release added.
Winn said marijuana usually sells on the street for $750 to $800 a pound. That would make the marijuana found Saturday worth up to $20,000 on the street.
"It's a pretty good amount of money," he said of the value of the marijuana seized.
The marijuana was in blocks, Winn said. Typically, he said a 10-pound block of marijuana is about 16 inches long, 8-9 inches wide and 6 inches thick.
"An individual smoker would not buy 10 pounds," he said. "If it's a wholesaler, they buy larger quantities and break it down. The package all depends on the person buying" and whether they are a user or dealer.
Perry called the 25 pounds of marijuana "substantial. "
"With that many pounds around, and cocaine and money (found in the search), when people are involved in drug activity there are dangerous things that take place and things involving territory and supplies," the sheriff said. "Those may be some of the answers we're looking for."
Winn said both Navarro-Pena brothers had lived in the Axton community for a while, and they have family members here. They both worked, he said, declining to say where.
Winn said area residents always should be aware of their surroundings and keep their doors locked, but there is no reason to believe the public is in danger in connection with this incident.
"I don't think the public should be afraid," Perry added. "We've had this happen as has every area; drug problems are everywhere. I do feel this is associated with drug activity. The only thing we ask is that people pay attention to conversations" and if they hear something that they think might help law enforcement, they should contact the sheriff's office.