News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2008
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell

PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Crossville Man Sentenced to 135 Months in Prison for Leading a
Largescale Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Marijuana

AUG 26 -- Nashville, Tennessee - August 25, 2008 - Edward M. Yarbrough, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, announced that on August 18, 2008, Rogaciano Juarez-Rosas of Crossville, Tennessee was sentenced to 135 months of imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Juarez-Rosas was sentenced on August 18th by United States District Judge Aleta A. Trauger. Judge Trauger also sentenced Juarez-Rosa to 60 months, to run concurrent with the 135 months, for conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

The investigation leading to the arrest of Juarez-Rosas began in February 2007, when the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and local law enforcement agents in the Crossville, Tennessee area began investigating Enrique Hernandez, a resident of Harriman, Tennessee. An undercover agent with TBI purchased narcotics from Enrique Hernandez on several occasions. Enrique Hernandez, in turn, introduced the undercover agent to Rogaciano Juarez-Rosas, who sold cocaine to the undercover agent on several occasions.

This investigation of Juarez-Rosas lead to a court-authorized wiretap of his cellular phone. Interceptions obtained over the wiretap revealed that Juarez-Rosas was the head of a 16-person conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana in and around the Crossville, Tennessee area. Juarez- Rosas organized trips to Atlanta to obtain multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine and marijuana, then drove the narcotics back to Tennessee. He would sell these narcotics in bulk to certain distributors, who would then sell the narcotics in smaller quantities on the street and out of their homes in and around Crossville, Tennessee. As part of the plea agreement he ultimately entered into with the Government, Juarez-Rosas admitted that, during the conspiracy, he distributed 9.5 kilograms of cocaine and 100 pounds of marijuana.

On July 12, 2007, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Juarez-Rosas, as well as fifteen others, with various drug trafficking crimes. Juarez-Rosas was charged in Count One with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, and in Count Two with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Fifteen of the defendants have pleaded guilty to narcotics charges and have been sentenced to time in federal prison. Juarez-Rosas pled guilty to Counts One and Two of the indictment on April 22, 2008.

The case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force program. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Crossville Police Department, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, the 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshal's Service.

“I congratulate the tremendous efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies who worked together to dismantle this large-scale drug trafficking organization,” praised United States Attorney Edward Yarbrough. “This is a fine example of cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to maintain safe communities, and I commend their efforts.”

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul M. O’Brien, Heather G. Childs and Lori Glenn represented the United States.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com and www.dea.gov

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