News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2010
Contact: SA Will Taylor

Number: 312-886-2597

Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy Results in 18th Defendant
Sentenced to Prison

OCT 14 (Madison) John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Angel Ayala-Pineda, 28, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 15 months in prison without parole for distributing cocaine.

Ayala-Pineda is the 18th drug dealer sentenced to prison as a result of the long-term drug investigation. The investigation began in November 2007 and originated in Jefferson County. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Dodge County Sheriff's Department; Jefferson County Drug Task Force; Fort Atkinson Police Department; Watertown Police Department; and Janesville Police Department.

“We will continue to target and dismantle drug trafficking organizations, which will not be tolerated in our communities,” stated Jack Riley, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's Chicago Field Division, which covers the state of Wisconsin. “Many times the dedicated work of our agents and law enforcement partners goes unnoticed until moments like these, where we can effectively say that we removed a network of drug dealers from the community.”

Below are the seventeen other individuals previously sentenced, the crime they were convicted of and the sentence imposed:

Maximo Pineda-Buenaventura, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 17 years, 6 months

Servando Herrera-Vazquez, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 11 years, 8 months

Efrain Pineda-Buenaventura, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 10 years

Teodulo Pineda-Buenaventura, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 5 years

Otoniel Mendoza, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 5 years

James Hrobsky, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 2 years, 6 months

Will Bryant, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 4 years, 4 months

Jesus Duque-Pineda, Distribution of Cocaine; 6 months

Arturo Pineda-Lopez, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 3 years, 1 month

Perfecto Pineda-Duque, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 3 years, months

Juan C. Pineda-Pineda, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 1 year

Harold Hausz, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 5 years

Eli Torres-Banos, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 1 year

Gerado Pineda-Soria, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 2 years, 6 months

Arnold Wood, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 5 years

Scott Thorsen, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 4 years, 6 months

Martin Pineda-Pineda (a/k/a Magin Avellaneda-Avila), Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; 4 years, 3 months

Pursuant to federal law, all of these sentences are being served without the possibility of parole. In addition, two individuals who have been indicted for their role in the conspiracy remain fugitives: Celestino Velazquez-Rodriguez and Emmanuel Pineda-Gonzalez.

Beginning in February 2008, the United States received authority from U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to conduct wiretaps on several of the telephones being used by Maximo and Efrain Pineda Buenaventura to conduct a drug operation. The operation was operating out of multiple dwellings in Watertown and a residence in Janesville. Approximately 8,000 calls were monitored by law enforcement officers between February and June 2008 in which Ayala-Pineda and others were overheard conducting drug transactions and making arrangements to facilitate the sale of large amounts of cocaine in the Western District of Wisconsin.

On June 19, 2008, law enforcement officers executed 11 search warrants in the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, resulting in the arrest of several defendants in Watertown, the seizure of over $100,000 in U.S. currency, several automobiles, and multiple kilograms of cocaine.

Prior to the execution of those search warrants, Ayala-Pineda left Jefferson County and returned to Mexico. He returned to Watertown at some point in 2009 and was arrested on May 21, 2010, by local law enforcement officers who saw him at a gas station.

The prosecution of this case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell.