California Man and Two Illegal Aliens from Michigan Indicted for Possession and Distribution of More Than 100 Kilograms of Marijuana
DEC 4 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment against Daniel Leeper, age 39, of 4336 Iowa Street, San Diego, California, Roberto Nolasco-Flores, age 34, of 7821 N. 37th Street, Richland, Michigan, and Hector Ontiveros-Valenzuela, age 45, also of 7821 N. 37th Street, Richland, Michigan, on charges of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution, of more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of marijuana, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today. Nolasco-Flores and Ontiveros-Valenzuela were also charged with unlawful re-entry into the United States after having been previously deported.
The Indictment alleges that between September 13, 2007 and October 2, 2007, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, the defendants, each aided and abetted by the other, conspired and possessed with intent to distribute and distributed 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance. The street value of the marijuana is more than $350,000. The indictment also charges Nolasco-Flores and Ontiveros-Valenzuela with being in the United States without the express consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security, after having been removed.
In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties for all three are life imprisonment, an $8,000,000 fine (Leeper), an $8,500,000 fine (Nolasco-Flores and Ontiveros-Valenzuela), and supervised release for a period of at least eight years; and the minimum potential penalties are ten years imprisonment, and supervised release for a period of at least four years.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The defendants are scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on December 20, 2007, at 9:30 a.m. in Louisville, Kentucky.
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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.