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11 PEOPLE CHARGED WITH FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2011

Memphis, TN - Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee,
Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Brian Chambers, Resident Agent in Charge of the
Drug Enforcement Administration’s Memphis office, Sheriff Bill Oldham, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office,
and Toney Armstrong, Director of Police Services, Memphis Police Department announced today the
unsealing of an indictment charging 11 defendants with involvement in a drug conspiracy in the Western
District of Tennessee.

On November 15, 2011, a federal grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee returned a one count indictment
charging 11 individuals with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 5 kilograms of
cocaine. According to the indictment, Victor Sotelo Morales, age 36; Sergio Ozuna Trevino, age 44; Omar
David Garza, age 43; Demetrius Greenwood, age 26; Rolando Herrera, age 32; Ruben Herrera, age 27;
Juan Armando Montalvo, age 30; Pedro Perez, age 26; Jesus Sotelo, age 22; Franco Talley, age 34; and
Omar Vizcaya Velazquez, age 34, conspired with each other and others to possess with intent to distribute
at least 5 kilograms of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. A violation of this statute carries a
potential penalty of between ten 10 years and life imprisonment, and a potential fine of $10,000,000, plus five years supervised release.

Beginning on or about December 14, 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force began a
long-term investigation into the Victor Sotelo Morales Drug Trafficking Organization. During the course
of this investigation, Agents and Task Force Officers discovered that the defendants conspired to transport large amounts of U.S. currency from Memphis, Tennessee to Texas for the purchase of multiple kilograms of cocaine. The defendants would then conspire to transport the kilograms of cocaine from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee for the purpose of packaging and distribution in the Western District of Tennessee. To date, this investigation has resulted in the recovery of approximately 45 kilograms of cocaine and approximately 1.6 million dollars in drug proceeds. The investigation is ongoing.

As previously stated, this 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. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. French.

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

 

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