News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2010
Contact: Will Taylor
Number: 312-886-2597

Southern Indiana Based Methamphetamine Distribution Leader
Sentenced to 188 Months

JAN 7 -- (Indianapolis) Rosendo Barragan-Cruz (a.k.a. “Pollo”), 25, Evansville, was sentenced to 188 months (15 years and eight months) imprisonment on January 5, 2010, by U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young, announced Timothy M. Morrison, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. The prison sentence resulted from Barragan-Cruz’ leadership role in methamphetamine and marijuana trafficking conspiracies in the Southern District of Indiana. Additionally, Jose Reyes-Figueroa (a.k.a “Christian Mejia Duran,” a.k.a. “Fernando Correa”), 29, Jasper, Indiana, was sentenced on January 5, 2009 by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young. Reyes-Figueroa was sentenced to 120 months (ten years) imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

The two above defendants were among 33 individuals charged in three separate January 2008 indictments as a result of an investigation led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The ten-month investigation targeted methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana trafficking in the Southern District of Indiana and elsewhere. All 33 federal defendants have now either pleadedguilty or were found guilty in a trial. The multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional investigation was part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which also included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Indianapolis Metro Drug Task Force, the Indiana State Police, the Kentucky State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The investigation targeted and dismantled a poly-drug trafficking organization which operated in Indiana, Illinois, Utah, Texas, and New Mexico. The OCDETF program conducts comprehensive, multi-level attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.

In the spring of 2007, police launched an investigation into the drug trafficking activities of organizations responsible for distributing millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine and marijuana in the Evansville area. Barragan-Cruz was the local leader of those drug dealing organizations.

In January 2008, Federal agents arrested Reyes-Figueroa at his Jasper residence. Inside Reyes-Figueroa’s residence police found 38 grams of methamphetamine, more than $75,000 United States currency, and a loaded 9mm firearm.

“The 33 defendants in this case all carried out their respective roles in the distribution of illegal drugs, which they must now pay for,” stated Stephen A. Luzinski, the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's Chicago Field Division, which covers the state of Indiana. “With the commitment of our law enforcement partners, we collectively dismantled a drug trafficking organization responsible for poly-drug distribution throughout the region.”

According to Assistant United States Attorney Matthias D. Onderak, who prosecuted the case for the government, Chief Judge Young also imposed five years supervised release following Barragan-Cruz’ and Reyes-Figueroa’s release from imprisonment. However, the two defendants are Mexican citizens and subject to deportation proceedings by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement after they complete their respective prison sentences.