News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2007
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

21 Indicted in Meth and Money Laundering Investigation

FEB 12 -- (INDIANAPOLIS) – The Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana to announce that a federal grand jury has indicted 19 individuals on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. Two individuals were also charged with money laundering.

The indictments stem from a long-term investigation conducted by the DEA and the Indiana State Police, which has resulted in the arrest of 18 of the 21 individuals to date. Three of those charged, remain at large.

“These indictments are the result of investigative teamwork,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, the Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago Field Division which covers Indianapolis. “The partnership we have with the Indiana State Police and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana is responsible for keeping a dangerous drug like methamphetamine and guns off the streets of Indianapolis.”

The joint investigation culminated in January, 2007 with law enforcement conducting 10 search warrants at various locations in and around the Indianapolis area. The searches resulted in the seizure of three pounds of methamphetamine, approximately $20,000.00 in U.S. currency, and ten weapons.

The following individuals were indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and, if convicted, face 10 years to life imprisonment, not more than a $4 million dollar fine, and not less than five years supervised release:

Jorge Baltista, a/k/a/ Eloy Hernandez, Indianapolis
Juan Doe, a/k/a Lupillo, Whiting, Indiana (fugitive)
Eden Soto, a/k/a Malverde, Indianapolis
Kristi Kern, Indianapolis
Paula Alvarez, a/k/a Pavi, Indianapolis
Macarmen Espinosa, a/k/a Mari, Indianapolis
Alejandro Macias, a/k/a/ Morro, Indianapolis
Saul “LNU” (last name unknown), Indianapolis
Hilda Hernandez, Indianapolis
Juan LNU, a/k/a Élan, Indianapolis
Ramiro Olvera, a/k/a Tomillo, Indianapolis
Christian Mendez, Indianapolis
Dustin Decker, Indianapolis
Ericia Warner, Mooresville (fugitive)
James D. Russell, II, a/k/a Country, Indianapolis
Daniel Chaika, Indianapolis
Melissa Gibson, Indianapolis
Edgar Boyzo, a/k/a Gavacho, Indianapolis
Luis Albert-Gonzalez, a/k/a Angel, Indianapolis (indicted separately in a related case)

The following individuals were charged with money laundering, and if convicted, face up to 20 years imprisonment, not more than a $500,000 fine, and not more than 5 years supervised release:

Martin Alfaro-Castro, a resident of Mexico
Rosmarie Sotomayor, a resident of Mexico (fugitive)