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Zamora No Stranger To The Law

February 10, 2014, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Zamora No Stranger To The Law
Larry Zamora Junior

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Bond was set Monday for the Sioux Falls man who authorities believe was one of the area's biggest meth suppliers.

32-year-old Larry Zamora Junior is no stranger to law enforcement.  In fact, Zamora spent time in prison and was out on parole when authorities raided his east-side apartment in a drug raid.   Zamora fled and was on the run for a week while considered armed and dangerous. But police eventually tracked him down.

He made his first court appearance Monday on drug charges and is being held on $5,000 cash.  The judge called him a danger to the community and a flight risk.

"We've dealt with him in the past and he's been known to run from police and in this case was no different," Sgt. Jason Gearman of the Minnehaha County Sheriff's office said.

Investigators received information that Zamora had received a large shipment of methamphetamine in January.   When authorities raided his apartment, they arrested two other men, but Zamora got away.  That's when the man hunt began.

"Our detectives started doing interviews with people who have been associated with him and eventually led us to an address on the west side of Sioux Falls," Gearman said.

When the SWAT team arrived on the scene, Zamora indicated he didn't want to go back to prison.

"He figured out that we were outside and he tried to cut through the neighboring town home and we were alerted by the neighbor; she thought somebody was trying to break through her wall," Gearman said.

Authorities say Zamora then climbed on top of the roof, but eventually law enforcement was able to talk him down and arrested him without incident.  

"Getting somebody like this off the street and hopefully, he'll stay off the street for awhile, and they'll keep him locked up," Gearman said.

Authorities say Zamora received a shipment of two kilograms of meth on January 20, which had a street value of nearly $150,000.

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