Eight Sentenced for Black-Tar Heroin Trafficking
OCT 01 -- CHARLOTTE, NC – Eight defendants who pleaded guilty to a federal indictment brought as part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation “Dirty Girl 3," which is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Charlotte, have been sentenced in U.S. District Court. Each defendant entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. The sentences were handed down by Chief District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr.
According to official court documents and information brought out in court proceedings, the group received heroin from Mexico and then used a local “dispatch” system through which purchasers called a phone number, a dispatcher directed the purchaser to a nearby location, and a “runner” met the purchaser in another vehicle to conduct the transaction. As a result of the investigation, law enforcement seized approximately one kilogram of black-tar heroin, which is the equivalent of more than 10,000 doses. This facet of the overall investigation began in 2008; the overall investigation is on-going.
The defendants are as follows:
• Javier Torres Gutierrez, also known as “Raul R. Infante” and “Perillo,” age 22, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on January 7, 2010 and was sentenced to 121 months in prison on July 29, 2010
• Julio Cesar Tejeda, also known as “Compadre,” age 26, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on January 21, 2010 and was sentenced to 84 months in prison on October 1, 2010
• Joaquin Hernandez Perez, also known as Marcos Navarro-Perez and “Old Man,” age 40, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on December 8, 2009, and was sentenced to 80 months in prison on May 26, 2010
• Diego Alonso Villalobos Rivera, also known as “Angel Jimenez Rosas” and “Costeno,” age 19, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on January 13, 2010, and was sentenced to 78 months in prison on May 26, 2010
• Benigno Arellano Hernandez, also known as “Hector Torres Rodriguez” and “Benny,” age 19, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on January 12, 2010, and was sentenced to 66 months in prison on May 26, 2010
• Fernandez Arturo Cabello, age 43, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on January 27, 2010, and was sentenced to 60 months in prison on May 26, 2010
• Trinidad Saigada Renteria, also known as “Gallo,” age 25, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on October 29, 2009, and was sentenced to 60 months in prison on May 26, 2010
• Loanis Alberto Cabanillas, also known as “Pelirojo,” age 19, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on October 23, 2009, and was sentenced to 42 months in prison on May 26, 2010
Today’s announcement is made by Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina; Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Atlanta Field Division of DEA, of which the DEA Charlotte District Office is a part; and Chief Rodney Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The prosecution was handled for the government by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman.
DEA Atlanta’s SAC Benson 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, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.