DOJ Seal Department of Justice  

United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009                                      PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe                                PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

MAJOR DRUG RING BUSTED IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

            BEAUMONT, TX –   U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that 16 individuals were arrested today on charges of drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas.

            A federal indictment was returned by the grand jury on Aug. 5, 2009, charging multiple defendants with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana.  The following individuals are in custody and were brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin for Initial Appearances today:                               

Defendants in Custody:   YR of Birth City of Residence
Humberto Delgado Jimenez 1956 McAllen, TX
Guillermo Delgado Jimenez 1958 Houston, TX
Roberto Delgado Jimenez 1966 McAllen, TX
Israel Jimenez, Jr. 1964 Houston, TX
Jose Emmanuel Sanchez  1984 Brownsville, TX
Norman Christopher Lambridia 1962 Houston, TX
Juan Sustaita 1955 Houston, TX
Ruth Molina Sustaita 1967 Houston, TX
Rico Marie Sustaita 1986 Houston, TX
James Alexander Smith 1977 Houston, TX
Christopher Dewayne Fillmore 1970 Houston, TX
Guadalupe Huerta Diaz 1974 Houston, TX
Domingo Chavez Segoviano 1955 Edinburg, TX
Hopeton Joseph Reid 1968 West Palm Beach, FL
Louis Albert Guajardo 1967 Nashville, TN
Abelardo Guerra 1972 Houston, TX

            If convicted, defendants face up to Life in federal prison. A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

            This case is being investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Attorney General's Office, the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, the Dayton Police Department, the Pasadena Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the Houston Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John A. Craft and James Peacock. 
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