News Release
June 11, 2010
Contact: SA Sarah Pullen
Public Information Officer
Number: 213-621-6827

DEA Reno Arrests 4 as Part of Nationwide "Project Deliverance"
Multi-agency Law Enforcement Investigation Targeting Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations

JUN 11 - (RENO) – Four Reno area men were arrested yesterday and 3.5 pounds of heroin were seized as part of a 22-month nationwide multi-agency law enforcement investigation.  The arrests are part of a national investigation announced by Attorney General Eric Holder called “Project Deliverance,” which targeted the transportation infrastructure of Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States. 

The Reno area investigation has resulted in 31 arrests and the seizure of 6.5 pounds of heroin during the entire course of the operation. 

“Our communities deserve to exist without the influx of dangerous drugs on our streets,” said Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent in Charge. “By working in collaboration with our state and local law enforcement partners, we are able to attack these organizations at every level, from command and control to street level dealers.”

United States Attorney Daniel G. Bogden also had high praise for the cooperation and successfully coordinated drug enforcement effort by federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.  “By seizing 6.5 pounds of heroin and arresting 31 drug traffickers, our federal, state and local law enforcement partners have made a significant impact in a growing drug trafficking problem in Reno – the distribution of heroin.”  

This coordinated takedown is part of the department’s Southwest Border Strategy, announced in March 2009, which uses federal prosecutor-led task forces that bring together federal, state and local law enforcement components to identify, disrupt and dismantle the Mexican drug cartels through investigation, prosecution and extradition of their key leaders and facilitators, and seizure and forfeiture of their assets.  Through continued joint cooperation at all levels of the Obama and Calderon administrations, the Department of Justice and its partners are actively working to stem the flow of illegal narcotics, weapons and bulk cash moving across the U.S./Mexico border.

During the course of this investigation, arrests were made and/or charges have been unsealed related to “Project Deliverance” in the following districts: District of Arizona, Eastern District of California, Southern District of California, District of Colorado, Southern District of Florida, Northern District of Georgia, Northern District of Illinois, District of Maryland, Eastern District of Missouri, District of Montana, District of Nevada, District of New Mexico, Northern District of New York, Southern District of New York, Western District of North Carolina, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Western District of Pennsylvania, Middle District of Tennessee, Southern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, Eastern District of Virginia and the Western District of Washington.

This particular case in the District of Nevada was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northern Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, along with the Reno Police Department Street Enforcement Team, the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  The Northern Nevada HIDTA includes officers from the Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Sparks Police Department and the Nevada Department of Investigations.  Assistant United States Attorney Jim Keller is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States. 

An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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