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    Arrests, seizures, drug busts, etc. for 8/24/12

    Federal Indictment Targets 27 for Narcotics Distribution Network, Including Members of an International Drug Trafficking Organization and Los Angeles County Street Gangs
    FBI Los Angeles August 23, 2012
    • Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller (310) 996-3343

    LOS ANGELES—An investigation by the San Gabriel Valley Safe Streets Task Force resulted in the arrest of 16 of 27 defendants today who face federal narcotics charges for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution network, announced representatives from the agencies who jointly conducted the investigation at a press conference this morning.

    The arrests this morning mark the culmination of an 16-month investigation by the San Gabriel Valley Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which is made up of agents and officers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pasadena Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives devoted a great deal of resources throughout this investigation.

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The indictment, which was unsealed this morning, charges a total of 27 defendants, several of whom were already in custody prior to today’s operation. The indictment outlines hundreds of overt acts that formed the basis for the conspiracy to manufacture, possess, and distribute large quantities of nearly pure methamphetamine.

    The indictment charges the defendants for their roles in the distribution of methamphetamine, the possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; for conspiring to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of methamphetamine; and maintaining drug-involved premises, all violations of the United States Code, Title 21. The defendants are listed below; some of the defendants are not fully identified at this time. Eight defendants are currently being sought by law enforcement.
    Jose Juan Garcia Barron, 33, of Ontario
    Martin Barron Alcazar, of Ontario
    Rudy Arma Jose Chavez Espinosa, 38, of Bloomington
    Enrique Centeno Reyes, 36, of Ontario
    Jorge Luis Barron Zarate, of Ontario
    Tony LNU, of Ontario
    Jose Maria Chavez, Jr., of Chino
    Jose Maria Chavez, of Baldwin Park
    Danielle Lupian, of Ontario
    Ines Castillion Joya, 29, of Ontario
    FNU LNU Jorge Ruelas, of Pomona
    Rudy Zepeda, 35, of Pomona
    Jose Alvarado, 24, of Pomona
    David Aguilar, of Pomona
    Rafael Favela Sara Garrido, of Montclair
    Oscar Robles, of Rialto Miguel Saucedo, of Pomona
    Andres Yepez, 32, of Pomona
    Daniel Yepez, 28, of Pomona
    Miguel Zaragoza
    Pete LNU
    Christopher Alvarado, 36, of Pomona
    Isaac Cervantes, 30, of Rancho
    Cucamonga Marcos Orejel, 24

    The indictment details the roles of each defendant in the methamphetamine distribution conspiracy involving members and associates of the La Familial Michoacán drug trafficking organization (or LFM) and gang members associated with Los Amables and Westside Pomona Malditos gang members.

    The indictment alleges that a main defendant, Jose Juan Garcia Barron, spent time between Los Angeles County and Mexico and controlled the importation of methamphetamine from Mexico to the United States, where it was sold on the streets of Los Angeles County by networks made up of local gang members or their associates, who pay taxes to the Mexican Mafia.

    The drugs were imported in an unfinished or liquid state and were then converted for local distribution in a process known as or re-crystallization or “icing.” Investigators believe the drugs were imported by airplane, boats, and in vehicles crossing the border, and the quality of the methamphetamine was, in most cases, 99 percent pure. The defendants range from alleged cartel members to street gang members or associates whose activity fueled violence in the communities in which they operated.

    In addition to today’s arrests, 13 search warrants were executed in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. During the execution of the search warrants, investigators found quantities of methamphetamine, white rock substances, various pills not yet identified, drug paraphernalia, and at least nine firearms. Searches are continuing throughout the morning.

    The federal defendants arrested today are expected to make their initial court appearances this afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles. Many of the defendants face a 10-year statutory maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted, and some of the defendants face life in prison, if convicted on all charges.

    Several agencies participated in the execution of arrest and search warrants this morning, to include agents and officers with the Ontario Police Department; L.A. IMPACT; U.S. Immigration, Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; and the Los Angeles Police Department.

    This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

    An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.

    FBI — Federal Indictment Targets 27 for Narcotics Distribution Network, Including Members of an International Drug Trafficking Organization and Los Angeles County Street Gangs
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    Local News for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    Seven Charged After CBP Stops Attempt to Smuggle More Than One Ton of Marijuana off Catalina Island
    08/24/2012 12:32 PM EDT
    San Diego - Marine Interdiction Agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) stopped a marijuana smuggling attempt early Tuesday morning off the coast of Catalina Island, seizing more than one ton of marijuana and catching seven people aboard a sailboat and a panga both involved in the scheme. (more)

    Man Wanted in Pinal County Apprehended by CBP Officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor
    08/24/2012 12:32 PM EDT
    Phoenix - A male U.S. citizen wanted in Pinal County since October 2011 was apprehended yesterday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after disembarking a flight from Hermosillo, Mexico.Customs and Border Protection officers recognized Iran Federico Sotelo, 22, of Glendale, Ariz. (more)

    U.S. Border Patrol Change of Command Ceremony
    08/24/2012 12:32 PM EDT
    Grand Island, N.Y. - Today, the U.S. Border Patrol, Buffalo Sector will conduct a change of command ceremony at the Niagara Falls Air Base Theater. This formal affair involves the swearing in of Chief Patrol Agent Brian S. Hastings as chief of the Buffalo Sector. (more)

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    Local News for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    CBP to Host C-TPAT/FAST Seminar for Trade Community Members
    08/24/2012 04:42 PM EDT
    El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will host a Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Free and Secure Trade (FAST) seminar for importers, manufacturers, carriers and other interested trade partners. The seminar is free and will be held at the Ysleta commercial cargo facility from 9:00 - 12:30 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2012. (more)

    Convicted Felons Return to Prison After Sentencing
    08/24/2012 04:42 PM EDT
    Tucson, Ariz. - Two Mexican nationals, Julio Cesar Gastelum-Padilla, 28, and Ulises Gonzalez-Bautista, 36, were convicted in U.S. District Court for Illegal Re-entry of an aggravated felon after deportation in late July. Gastelum-Padilla from Bacobampo, Sonora, Mexico, apprehended by Ajo Station agents in February 2012, was sentenced to 33 months of confinement. (more)

    U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize Hidden Marijuana and Liquid Meth at San Diego Checkpoints
    08/24/2012 04:42 PM EDT
    San Diego - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized a total of $253,550 worth of marijuana and liquid methamphetamine this week in two separate attempted drug smuggling events. Yesterday at approximately 1:45 p.m., agents encountered a 35-year-old male Mexican national driving a 2008 Ford Fiesta at the I-15 Border Patrol checkpoint near Temecula. (more)

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