News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 01, 2010
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

More Than One Pound Seizure of "Dirty Girl" (Black Tar Heroin) Leads to Sentencing of Four Drug Traffickers
Local Dispatch System Set Up by HeroinRing

NOV 01 -- CHARLOTTE, NC – Four defendants, who earlier entered pleas of guilty to a federal indictment brought as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), have been sentenced in federal court in Charlotte. The sentences, handed down by Chief District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr., are listed below. Each defendant entered his guilty plea, as charged, to one count alleging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

• Carlos Roman-Villanueva, also known as “Domino,” age 37, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty on November 24, 2009, and was sentenced to 80 months in prison on May 18, 2010

• Hernan Hernandez-Antonio, age 29, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on November 23, 2009, and was sentenced to 46 months in prison on May 18, 2010

• Sebastian Stefanescu, also known as “Fish,” age 21, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty on December 14, 2009, and was sentenced to 24 months in prison on July 29, 2010.

• Antonio MacArthur Bryant, age 30, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty on December 7, 2009, and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison on October 26, 2010

Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

According to official court documents and information brought out in court proceedings, the organization allegedly 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 ongoing investigative efforts, law enforcement seized more than a pound of black-tar heroin (the equivalent of more than 5,000 doses) on July 30, 2009. After Hernandez-Antonio sold the half-kilogram (one pound) of black tar heroin to Roman-Villanueva in exchange for $22,560, DEA arrested Hernandez-Antonio in possession of the money, and arrested Roman-Villanueva in possession of the heroin.

Today’s announcement is made by Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division (AFD), of which the DEA Charlotte District Office is a part; Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina 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.

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