News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 23, 2012
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Members of Black Tar Heroin Trafficking Organization Sentenced

May 23 (Charlotte, NC) Several members of black tar heroin trafficking “cells” have been sentenced, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which oversees the Charlotte District Office and Chief Rodney D. Monroe, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Today, Regino Salas-Cruz, 28 of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr., and received 70 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Previously sentenced defendants include:

• Angel Fernandez, 26, of Mexico, received 140 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release; his sentence was enhanced because he possessed a firearm.

• Irvin Torres-Gonzalez, 19, of Mexico, received 124 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release; his sentence was enhanced because he possessed a firearm.

• Jose Gabriel Gutierrez-Toledo, 21, of Mexico, received 120 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release; his sentence was enhanced because he possessed a firearm.

• Rosario Karina Dalgadillo-Olivarez, 36, of Mexico, received 97 months in federal prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. Her sentence was enhanced because of her leadership role.

• Roberto Aguayo-Camarena, 30, of Mexico, received 48 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

• Cesar Fernandez, 23, of Mexico, received 36 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

According to court filings and proceedings, the defendants conspired to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute at least 1,000 grams of heroin. According to law enforcement, each approximate 0.1 gram dose of black tar heroin, which is sold in small balloons, costs approximately $10. The defendants used a “dispatch” system through which purchasers called an organizational phone number, a dispatcher directed the purchaser to a nearby location, and a “runner” met the purchaser in another vehicle to conduct the transaction.

All defendants are currently in federal custody, and have been since their arrest on June 4, 2010. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. Supervised release is ordered in the event a defendant subject to deportation is not, for any reason, deported.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman.

SAC Harry S. Sommers 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 , www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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