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Three Quad City Men Charged In Alleged Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2010

Rock Island, Ill. – A federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging three Quad City area men with participating in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy in Rock Island county, Illinois, since December 2008. Those charged are: Isidro Perez-Gomez, 31, of the 1000 block of 15th Street, Rock Island; Roberto Luis Marquez, 28, of the 2600 block of 5th Street, Moline; and, Nestor Leonel Grangeno, 30, of the 1500 block of 29th Avenue, Moline, Illinois.

The charges are the result of a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency task force investigation funded by the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program. Participating investigative agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration; Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group; Illinois State Police; Davenport, Iowa Police Department; and, the Moline Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney John K. Mehochko is prosecuting the case.

Each of the three men is charged with one count of conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute at least 500 grams of cocaine in Rock Island county from December 2008 to May 27, 2010. Marquez is charged with one additional count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, on Feb. 19, 2009.

The three men were previously arrested and charged by criminal complaint on May 28, 2010. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Shields ordered that the defendants remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.

Members of the public are reminded that indictments are merely accusations; the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

If convicted, the statutory penalty for conspiracy to distribute cocaine is a mandatory minimum term of five years to 40 years in prison. For distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, the statutory penalty is up to 20 years in prison.

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