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Fifteen People Charged in Federal Drug Conspiracies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2011

Memphis, TN - Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and Brian Chambers, Resident Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Memphis office, announced today the unsealing of two indictments charging fifteen defendants with involvement in drug conspiracies in the Western District of Tennessee.

On January 11, 2011, a federal grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee returned a two-count indictment charging eleven individuals with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to Count One of the indictment, between November 2009 and December 2010, Charles Elizondo, age 39; Carlos Valerio, age 27; Juan Garza, age 32; Timothy Davis, age 38; Harold Cook, age 62; Vincent Berry, age 34; Ethel Foster, age 54; Larry Foster, age 55; Jessie Cook, age 60; Richard Delarosa, age 36; Maria De La Fuente, age 49; and Undra Watson, age 51, did conspire with each other and others unknown to possess with intent to distribute at least one thousand kilograms of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. According to Count Two of the indictment, between November 2009 and December 2010, the defendants conspired with each other to possess with the intent to distribute five hundred grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. Violation of these statutes carries the potential penalties of not less than ten years imprisonment and fines of up to $8,000,000 plus ten years supervised release.

On December 13, 2010, a federal grand jury in Jackson, Tennessee returned a one-count indictment charging four individuals with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the indictment on or about December 12, 2010, Frederick Cole, age 40; Angela Bass, age 42; Kelsey Robinson, age 34; and Andre Walker, age 35; did conspire with each other to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. Violation of this statute carries a penalty of not less than five years imprisonment, and fines up to $4,000,000 plus eight years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force which is comprised of Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Officials within the Western District of Tennessee in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jerry Kitchen and David Pritchard .

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Note: An indictment is a form of accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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