United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Thornton, Colorado, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and marijuana in the District of South Dakota.
Oscar Ojeda, a/k/a Oscar Octavio Ojeda Villalva, age 34, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 19, 2011, for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on October 14, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 40 years of imprisonment and/or a $1,000,000 fine. The charge is merely an accusation, and Ojeda is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Special Assistant United States Attorney Ted McBride is prosecuting the case.
Ojeda was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has been set for December 20, 2011.