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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JUNE 24, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MEXICAN NATIONALS INDICTED FOR

DOCUMENT FRAUD, DRUG TRAFFICKING


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for selling counterfeit government documents, and charged along with an Independence, Mo., man with drug-trafficking offenses.


            Juan A. Gallegos, also known as “Fernando,” 29, of Kansas City, and Enrique Aguilera-Vasquez, also known as “Kike,” 43, of Independence, who are both citizens of Mexico, were charged in a 14-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


            Today’s indictment alleges that, from April 15 to 29, 2008, Gallegos participated in a conspiracy to forge counterfeit documents, including I-551 Permanent Resident cards, Social Security cards and Kansas driver’s licenses. The object of the conspiracy was then to sell and transfer the I-551 Permanent Resident cards, Social Security cards and Kansas driver’s licenses to individuals seeking evidence of authorized stay or employment in the United States.


            The federal indictment also charges Gallegos with four counts of identification document fraud and two counts of fraud and misuse of documents that are prescribed for entry into the United States, or as evidence of authorized stay or employment in the United States.


            In addition, today’s indictment alleges that Gallegos and Aguilera-Vasquez participated in a conspiracy to distribute five or more grams of methamphetamine and cocaine between April 21 and May 13, 2008.


            Gallegos is also charged with two counts of distributing cocaine, two counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Aguilera-Vasquez is also charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Hiller. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


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