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09/05/2013
Alexandria, VA
Narcotics
Ricardo Avelar Valdez was sentenced Friday for attempting to smuggle several multi-thousand pound loads of marijuana from Mexico to Prince William County, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). On Aug. 16, Valdez's co-defendant, Francisco Cirilio Vargas-Aquino, was sentenced to 87 months in prison for his role.
08/20/2014
Alexandria, VA
Narcotics
Lelo Sandoval, 47, of Jalapa, Guatemala, and Cesar Duran, 55, of Chicago, were indicted on four counts of conspiracy to import and distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and at least five kilograms of cocaine. Sandoval and Duran each face a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.
03/30/2018
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

Jose Santillan, 25, of Amarillo, Texas, has been in custody since his arrest in April 2017.  Santillan was convicted in December 2017, following a three-day trial, on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine.

03/27/2017
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater sentenced all three men to federal prison: Francisco Javier Gutierrez-Alvarez, 33, sentenced to 70 months, Octavio Cabrera-Mayorquin, 28, sentenced to 63 months, and Guillermo Urenda-Bustos, 31, sentenced to 46 months.

09/22/2016
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

On Sept. 20, Carlos Castro-Noriega, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 63 months in federal prison.  Last month, Judge Fitzwater sentenced Cristina Melissa Gomez, 24, to 46 months in federal prison. 

05/02/2017
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

Juan Daniel Mares, 40, of Amarillo, pleaded guilty in January 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  He has been in custody since his arrest Sept. 13, 2016.

07/10/2017
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

Russell Tim Shen, 69, Andre Jorge Hernandez, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  They face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.  Ernesto Esteve, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony.

11/30/2017
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics

Eduardo Gutierrez-Zamora, 31, of Amarillo, Texas, pleaded guilty in June 2017 to one count of conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

02/04/2015
Amarillo, TX
Narcotics
Hugo Gomez-Barrientos, 46, most recently of Hereford, Texas, pleaded guilty in November 2014 to an indictment charging one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He has been in custody since his Sept. 25 arrest at his residence after the indictment was returned.
12/04/2013
Anchorage, AK
Narcotics
Robin Michael Gattis, the 20-year-old son of Alaska state house member Lynn Gattis, admitted in an August plea agreement to illegally importing methylone and leading a drug conspiracy.
08/08/2013
Anchorage, AK
Narcotics
Robin Michael Gattis, a 20-year-old Wasilla man who pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug conspiracy charge, now faces up to 20 years in federal prison for leading a methylone production and distribution ring linked to at least one death.
12/16/2012
Anchorage, AK
Narcotics
Gattis faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted on the charge of distribution resulting in death.
01/11/2015
Anchorage, AK
Narcotics
Dwight Williams, 51, pleaded guilty to the drug trafficking conspiracy in August, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Anchorage Police Department.
02/09/2015
Anchorage, AK
Narcotics
Anwar Hasan, 69, of Oakland, California, acquired oxycodone pills in California then sold them to distributors in four states including Alaska, according to court records. Prosecutors say he then laundered more than $284,000 earned from the drug sales.
07/30/2012
Atlanta, GA
Narcotics
A former Delta Airlines ramp agent at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, who attempted to obtain a suitcase containing more than $614,000 worth of illegal drugs off of a flight from Mexico City, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal district court to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances.
04/02/2014
Aurora, IL
Narcotics
Modesto Alarcon, 41, of Aurora, is charged with unlawfully possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawfully possessing a controlled substance, and money laundering.
01/06/2011
Aurora, IL
Narcotics
A lengthy joint investigation into a local cocaine distribution operation ended last month with the arrests of the nine subjects who face state felony narcotics charges.
09/03/2014
Bakersfield, CA
Narcotics
Court documents filed in the case reveal that on Aug.19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry discovered cocaine in a hidden compartment in the floor of a trailer that was being driven by Eslava-Corral.
01/05/2012
Baltimore, MD
Narcotics
A Baltimore man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for smuggling heroin from India and the Philippines into the United States following an investigation by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Baltimore City Police Department and CBP.
06/21/2019
Baltimore, MD
Narcotics

U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Narada Walls, age 38, of Salisbury, Maryland, today to 12 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess and to distribute fentanyl and fentanyl analogues.  Fentanyl analogues are chemical compounds designed to have effects similar to fentanyl and can be just as deadly.  Judge Russell also ordered that Walls must forfeit anything of value seized during the investigation, including $29,650 in cash.

11/05/2012
Baltimore, MD
Narcotics
Dean Myrie, a Jamaican national, pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping a fellow member of a drug organization who was later murdered. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Baltimore County Police Department Homicide/Missing Persons Unit and the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
03/14/2012
Baltimore, MD
Narcotics
Luis Ahorrio of Queens, New York was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he attempted to drive more than 300 grams of crack cocaine through Maryland, following an investigation led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
11/06/2011
Baltimore, MD
Narcotics
A federal grand jury in Maryland has indicted six people in connection with a conspiracy to distribute marijuana as part of the Brown Organization, a criminal network whose members allegedly engaged in narcotics distribution primarily in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona and Jamaica.
11/06/2013
Baltimore, MD
Narcotics
Curtis Green pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute and possess with attempt to distribute cocaine. On Nov. 5, in a related case, Jacob Theodore George IV pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute drugs, including heroin.

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