News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2010
Contact: SA Waldo Santiago
Public Information Officer
Number: (787) 277-4700

DEA Investigation Ends with Seven Individuals Indicted for Drug Trafficking in the Municipality of Morovis
Forfeiture allegation of $2,000,000

DEA and PRPD agents arrive at Tomas Sorolla Public Housing Project in Morovis, PR to execute arrest warrants.
DEA and PRPD agents arrive at Tomas Sorolla Public Housing Project in Morovis, PR to execute arrest warrants.

AUG 26 -- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On August 19, 2010, a federal grand jury indicted seven (7) individuals as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD),  announced today United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.  The defendants are charged in a seven-count indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack).  Javier F. Peña, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Caribbean Division announced that the arrest warrants pursuant to the indictment where executed today.

Defendants Carlos Vega Rodríguez, aka “Amarillo” and Luis Colón Ojeda, aka “Fito,” were the leaders and owners of the drug trafficking organization.  They did lead, organize, control and supervise the sale of the crack at drug points located in the Tomás Sorolla Public Housing Project in Morovis, and the Kalaloo bar in Ciales, Puerto Rico.  Omar Colón Ojeda, José Javier Robles Cabrera and Xavier Rivera participated as runners/sellers and Carlos Colón Rodríguez and Carmen Colón Ojeda were sellers/facilitators.  The indictment alleges that on several occasions the defendants sold crack to confidential sources. 

"Today, federal and state law enforcement agencies join forces in removing this drug trafficking organization which has been spreading the scourge of illegal drugs in Morovis and neighboring communities,” said Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. “Law enforcement agencies will not stop our efforts until the incidence of violent crimes decreases and the illegal organizations cease to exist.” 

“DEA continues attacking drug trafficking in every corner of the Island” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña “Even if the drug traffickers try to hide their activities in rural towns like these, DEA will go get them”

Assistant United States Attorney Vernon Benet Miles is prosecuting the case. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of ten (10) years imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment, with fines of up to $4 million.  Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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