Fifteen Indicted in Cocaine Trafficking Ring
JUN 10 -- ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Fifteen individuals have been indicted for operating a cocaine trafficking organization that funneled illegal drugs from Mexico to Texas, Arkansas, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The charges 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.
Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Attorney General Holder publicly announced the results of Project Deliverance.
“Our community is not immune from the poison the Mexican drug cartels bring to our streets,” said Special Agent in Charge Cooper-Davis. “The indictment of these 15 individuals shows the far reach of the cartels, but they also highlight the hard work our agents and our partners in law enforcement do every day to stop them. As an agency, we have the ability to work across state lines which allows us to attack these organizations at every level, from command and control operations to the street level dealers.”
“Drug trafficking knows no borders and embraces no rule of law but their own, and that requires a coordinated response by law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “This case is a great example of what can be accomplished when Mexican law enforcement and U.S. Attorney’s offices throughout the country work together to pursue allegations of drug trafficking back to their source.”
According to the indictment, Jorge Gutierrez, 28, of Austin, Texas, was the lead supplier who obtained large amounts of cocaine from a source in Mexico from December 2009 to June 2010. Gutierrez allegedly travelled to Mexico, purchased multiple kilograms of cocaine, and then arranged for the transport of the cocaine across the border to his home in Austin. Gutierrez then allegedly had co-conspirators deliver the cocaine in vehicles to Arkansas, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Gutierrez also allegedly coordinated the transport of money from the United States to Mexico to purchase the cocaine.
The indictment returned on June 4, 2010, also alleges that three brothers – Rufino Oliva-Madrid, 33, and Darwin Oliva, 26 from Sterling, Va., and Jamin Dodamin Oliva-Madrid, 29, of Chantilly, Va. – worked together to distribute cocaine throughout Virginia. Jamin Dodamin Oliva-Madrid is the owner of JD Granite Countertops in Chantilly, Va., and the business was allegedly used as a stash house for the trafficking ring, whose members sold the cocaine in Loudoun County and Alexandria, Va., among other locations.
The government alleges that approximately 60 kilograms of cocaine were transported to Virginia during the six-month conspiracy. In addition to the seizure of kilograms of cocaine, approximately $215,000 in cash and a firearm were seized when the Virginia-based defendants were arrested on June 4, 2010.
In addition to Gutierrez and the Oliva-Madrid brothers, the other 11 individuals indicted in this case include:
Each defendant is charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Those indicted are among the 2,266 individuals arrested in Project Deliverance, a 22-month investigation that resulted in the seizure of approximately $154 million in U.S. currency, and approximately 1,262 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.5 tons of cocaine, 1,410 pounds of heroin, 69 tons of marijuana, 501 weapons and 527 vehicles during the entire course of the project. More than 300 federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies contributed investigative and prosecutorial resources to Project Deliverance through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.
This particular case in the Eastern District of Virginia was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the regional HIDTA Task Force, along with the police departments in Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Arlington, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Dennis Fitzpatrick and Mark Grider are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
The public is reminded that 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.