June 17, 2004
Illegal Aliens Indicted In Cocaine Conspiracy
17--A federal grand jury indicted two illegal aliens from Mexico
as part of a Mexican cocaine distribution conspiracy. Laura Nagel, Special
Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division, identified the drug
traffickers as Salvador Perez-Perez and Domingo Orduno-Esquer who are
charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute
50 kilograms or more of cocaine. The indictment alleges that the defendants
agreed to receive approximately seventy (70) kilograms of cocaine that
had been illegally imported into the United States from Mexico. The estimated
street value of the cocaine is $1.4 million.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual
charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty
at some later criminal proceedings.
The defendants face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $4,000,000
fine, and a period of supervised release of at least five years.
The criminal charges in this indictment were the result of a joint investigation
by DEA’s Baltimore District Office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Baltimore, Maryland, Tucson, Arizona,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City, the Baltimore City and Prince
George’s County Police Departments, Maryland State Police and the United
States Attorney’s Office.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry M. Gruber.