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Federal grand jury indicts dozens in what prosecutors call drug operation
BEAUMONT- From U.S. Attorney's Office
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today the indictment of 28 individuals operating a major drug distribution ring responsible for trafficking cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine through the Eastern District of Texas as well as to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and Oklahoma.
On June 20, 2013, a federal grand jury returned a three count superseding indictment, under seal, charging 28 individuals with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute one or more controlled substances. On July 22, 2013, state and federal investigators began executing arrest warrants and successfully apprehended 23 of the 28 defendants. The names of those 23 were unsealed today, and include:
Terry Wilson Garrett, 57, of Morgan City, Louisiana
Eric Atoy Roberson, 40, of Dickinson, Texas
Alejandro Gonzales, 35, of Alvin, Texas
Roberto Sanchez Gonzalez, 40, of Houston, Texas
Hector Javier Alejandre, 28, of Houston, Texas
Irau Flores, 33, of Alvin, Texas
Yered Morales, 29, of Houston, Texas
Raul Castillo, 40, of Alvin, Texas
Luis Zavala-Garcia, 52, of Roma, Texas
Isaac Mireles, 35, of Alvin, Texas
Robert Mathis, 44, of Baker, Florida
Julio Vela, 33, of Houston, Texas
Jason Perez, 37, of Beaumont, Texas
Francisco Sandoval, 46, of Alvin, Texas
Ifrain Cadena, 31, of Pasadena, Texas
Xavier Barocio, 33, of Houston, Texas
Artemio Blanco, 27, of Alvin, Texas
Mario Costilla, 52, of McAllen, Texas
Luis Guerrero, 33, of Palmview, Texas
Delfino Bazan, 44, of Rio Grande City, Texas
Juan Pablo Flores, 37, of Houston, Texas
Agustin Mondragon, 36, of Houston, Texas
Fernando Flores, 37, of Houston, Texas
The identities of the remaining at-large defendants will remain under seal until they are apprehended by authorities.
Count One of the June 2013 superseding indictment alleges that from sometime in the late 2000s and continuing until June 18, 2013, Terry Wilson Garrett, Eric Atoy Roberson, Alejandro Gonzales, Roberto Sanchez Gonzalez, Hector Javier Alejandre, Irau Flores, Yered Morales, Raul Castillo, Isaac Mireles, Julio Vela, Ifrain Cadena, Xavier Barocio, Artemio Blanco, Delfino Bazan, Juan Pablo Flores, and Fernando Flores conspired with others to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.
Count Two alleges that, over the same time period, Alejandro Gonzales, Hector Javier Alejandre, Irau Flores, Yered Morales, Raul Castillo, Luis Zavala-Garcia, Isaac Mireles, Robert Mathis, Julio Vela, Jason Perez, Francisco Sandoval, Ifrain Cadena, Xavier Barocio, Artemio Blanco, Mario Costilla, Luis Guerrero, Juan Pablo Flores, Agustin Mondragon, and Fernando Flores conspired with others to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.
Count Three alleges that, over the same time period, Alejandro Gonzales, Roberto Sanchez Gonzalez, Hector Javier Alejandre, Raul Castillo, Artemio Blanco, Juan Pablo Flores, and Fernando Flores conspired with others to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.
The defendants all face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison if convicted of one or more of the drug conspiracy charges.
This case is the result of an extensive two and a half year joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nations illegal drug supply. During the course of this operation, agents have successfully arrested 40 individuals and seized large quantities of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, approximately $766,577 in U.S. currency, 30 vehicles, a boat, three residences, and 25 firearms.
This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Galveston Resident Office, the Miami and Houston Division Offices, the McAllen District Office, and the Dickinson Police Department, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshals Service, Marine Interdiction Agency, Texas Department of Public Safety, Brazoria, Galveston, Harris, and Jefferson County (Texas) Sheriffs Offices, and the police departments of Alvin, Beaumont, Galveston, Houston, League City, Pasadena, and Pearland, Texas. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Baylor Wortham and Michelle Englade.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.