3 linked to Tucson man killed in SWAT raid arrested

2012-03-08T12:56:00Z 2013-09-17T16:03:28Z 3 linked to Tucson man killed in SWAT raid arrestedBy Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 08, 2012 12:56 pm  • 

Three people connected to Jose Guerena, the man shot and killed during a SWAT raid in May 2011, were arrested on drug and money laundering charges Thursday morning.

Pauline Guerena, Jose Guerena’s sister in law, is facing charges of illegal control of enterprise, marijuana possession for sale, fraudulent schemes and artifice and five counts of money laundering.

Pauline Guerena is married to Jose Guerena’s brother, Alejandro.

Jose Celaya, Pauline Guerena’s father, was booked on suspicion of illegal control of enterprise, marijuana possession for sale and two counts of money laundering.

Denise Ruiz, Pauline Guerena’s sister, was booked on suspicion of illegal control of enterprise, and two counts each of money laundering and marijuana possession for sale.

The three were booked into the Pima County Jail. Bond is set at $25,000 for Pauline Guerena and Ruiz and $50,000 for Jose Celaya.

The three were arrested at the corner of South Camino Verde and West Oklahoma Street as they were leaving their home, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.

Deputies found more than $30,000 in the two vehicles the suspects were in, she said. 

Deputies are waiting to execute a search warrant at the home in the 6200 block of West Oklahoma Street, she said.

Jose Guerena, 26, was shot on May 5 by members of the Pima County Regional SWAT team who were serving a search warrant as part of a drug-trafficking investigation in the 7100 block of South Redwater Drive.

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