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Major Lebanon County Cocaine and Crack Cocaine Dealer Pleads Guilty and Sentenced in Federal Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a major cocaine powder and crack cocaine dealer primarily operating in Lebanon County pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday before United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo as part of "Operation Machete," an Organized Crime Drug Task Force investigation.

     Edward Jesus-Nunez, a/k/a "Machete," age 28, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms and more of cocaine hydrochloride and 50 grams of cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine. Judge Rambo sentenced Jesus-Nunez to a 20-year term of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $1,100 fine.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, in October 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Lebanon County Drug Task Force, Lebanon City Police and Cornwall Police Department with the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police, initiated an investigation targeting, the cocaine powder and crack cocaine trafficking activities of Jesus-Nunez. Jesus-Nunez was identified as a source of supply for the Live Wire Barbershop in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and a major source of supply of crack cocaine for several drug trafficking cells operating within that area. The investigation revealed the Jesus-Nunez drug trafficking organization was responsible for distributing at least two kilograms of cocaine powder and base in the Lebanon, Pennsylvania area on a monthly basis. Numerous firearms were also seized during the course of the investigation.

     In January 2010, Jesus-Nunez was indicted. Through the course of the investigation, to date, 28 additional individuals have been charged for their involvement in the organization:

Martie Manno, age 31, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Angel Cruz, age 28, Reading, Pennsylvania;
Edward Rivera-Burgos, age 28, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Jose Rodriguez, age 33, Monticello, NY;
Pedro Rodriguez, age 36, Monticello, NY;
Thierry Serrant, age 33, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Starlin Montilla, age 27, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Antonio Velez-Caban, age 52, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Luis Perez, age 35, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Sheena Battle, age 39, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Shamir Fisher, age 31, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Kevin Turner, age 29, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Zahiris Fernandez, age 32, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Colby Brent, age 24, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Devlon Saunders, age 25, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Ben Rosado, age 25, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Frank Bunch, age 40, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Guido Olivas, age 32, Temple, Pennsylvania;
Marvin Rosa, age 20, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Angel Cruz, age 63, Grantville, Pennsylvania;
Henry Cruz, age 33, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Luis Gonzales, age 21, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Juan Lugo, age 32, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Carlos Moll, age 34, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Iris Chavis, age 32, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Orlando Quiles-Rodriguez, age 25, Lebanon, Pennsylvania;
Anthony Velez, age 29, Lebanon, Pennsylvania; and
Julia Etzweiler, age 22, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

     Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom is prosecuting the cases.

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