Two Foreign Nationals Indicted In Methamphetamine Conspiracy
A federal grand jury sitting in East St. Louis, has returned an indictment charging two individuals with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess With the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Jesus Orlando Mendez-Velasquez, a/k/a “Jesus Orlando Velasquez, a/k/a “Jalapeno,” a/k/a “Chucho,” a/k/a “Chuy,” a/k/a “Josue Osvaldo Quezada,” a / k / a “ J o s e Regalado-Chavez, 32, a Mexican citizen, who most recently resided in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gonzalo Nunez-Camacho, a/k/a “Gume,” a/k/a “Chalo,” 38, a citizen of Mexico, who most recently resided in West Valley City, Utah, were named in an indictment which was made public on July 18, 2012. If convicted, each faces a statutory minimum sentence of ten years to a maximum of life in prison, at least five years of supervised release, a $10,000,000 fine, and a special assessment of $100.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is
presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must
prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mendez-Velasquez made his first appearance in Federal Court in East St. Louis and was
arraigned on July 18, 2012. He was ordered temporarily detained pending a detention hearing on
July 20, 2012. Nunez-Camacho is scheduled to be arraigned on July 20, 2012.
Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation which was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF initiative is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. Participating agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), and the St. Charles County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Department.
The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey for prosecution.