Meth suspect returned to Mower County

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 27, 2003

Jose Emilio Landa, 35, was returned to the Mower County Sheriff's Office custody Wednesday.

Landa, whose street name is "Nika," was wanted in connection with a methamphetamine bust at Lansing in early January.

Landa was picked up on a federal arrest warrant at Carlson, Texas by the Cameron County Sheriff's Office and extradited to Minnesota.

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The U.S. Marshals Service transported Landa from Texas to Rochester, where he was met by MCSO deputies and returned to Austin, according to Chief Deputy Mark May.

Ernesto Veraza, 50, was captured at the Lansing mobile home, when it was raided by local and state agents in January. He remains in the Mower County Jail on felony controlled substance charges for the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

Still at large is Pedro Galvo, 51, also wanted in connection with the case, May said.

Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi called the drug seizure one of the largest in the area.

In addition to a large quantity of methamphetamine and cocaine found hidden in the mobile home and outside the trailer, a large amount of cash, handguns and false IDs were also found, according to the sheriff's office.

Lee Bonorden can be reached at 434-2232 or by e-mail at