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U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced on Tuesday that a drug-trafficking organization that brought large quantities of illegal drugs into southwest Indiana had been dismantled.
According to Attorney Minkler, 11 defendants were indicted by a grand jury in Evansville with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Those Arrested and/or Fugitive Include:
- Rudolfo Ibarra-Hernandez, aka "Rudy," 48, Mexico FUGITIVE
- Juan Guzman, Aka "Hollywood," 33, Mexico FUGITIVE
- Juan Tellez, 44, Phoenix, Arizona
- Alexus Ortiz, 21, Clarksville, Tennessee
- Rayvin Yates, Aka "Ray," 26, Dayton, Ohio
- Cesar Castro, 45, San Diego, California
- Jovanny Contreas-Vazquez, 30, Los Angeles, California
- Maria Castaneda-Villabolos, 33, Los Angeles, California
- Ruby Hernandez, 37, Federal Way, Washington State
- Tania Gervacio, 30, El Cajon, California
- Angelique McCleary, 31, Carlsbad, California
According to the indictment, beginning around January 2019, it's alleged that Ibarra-Hernandez and Guzman were the sources of supply for the drugs coming from the Mexican drug cartels to Evansville and Southwest Indiana.
Tellez, Castro, Contreas-Vazquez, Castaneda-Villabolos, Gervacio, and McCleary, were utilized as drug couriers within the organization, while Yates was a mid-level distributor. Ortiz and Ruby Hernandez were carries of the money.
During the investigation, law enforcement recovered over 123 pounds of meth, 769 grams of fentanyl powder, 114 fentanyl pills, 500 oxycodone pills, 345 grams of heroin, and $14,346 cash.
The case was investigated by the DEA, the Evansville Vanderburgh County Joint Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, IRS Criminal Investigations, U.S. Marshal Service, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Lauren M. Wheatley, who will prosecute the case for the government, the defendants face a maximum of life in federal prison, five years supervised release following their sentence, and up to a $10 million fine.
"Drug trafficking organizations operate on greed and takes advantage of the addiction problem this community, our state, and our nation faces," said Attorney Minkler. "This illegal activity cannot and will not be tolerated. I am fully committed, my office is fully committed, and the federal, state, and local law enforcement partners are fully committed, to help stop the flow of narcotics into this state and community."
"Today was a big win," said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Gannon. "Taking this much methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin off the streets is huge. It is important for drug traffickers to know that the DEA and our partners will use all available resources to prevent drug dealers from peddling poison into our communities."
An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. All defendants are considered innocent until proven otherwise in federal court.