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15 INDICTED AND ARRESTED IN COCAINE TRAFFICKING RING
Drug trafficking organization accused of funneling cocaine through Southeast Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Febuary 17, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas – A federal investigation into a wide-spread cocaine distribution ring has resulted in the arrest and indictment of 15 individuals in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                The 3-count sealed indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on Nov. 17, 2010, charging 15 defendants with conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  Federal, state and local agents made arrests on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. 

The indictment alleges that from 1995 through Nov. 17, 2010, the defendants, from Texas, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Tennessee, conspired to distribute cocaine and marijuana through the Eastern District of Texas.  They are also accused of being involved in a money laundering conspiracy in support of their drug trafficking activities. 

The indictment seeks forfeiture of $40 million; 11 pieces of real estate property in Houston, Spring, Conroe and Richmond, Texas; and six automobiles including a Ford F-150 Raptor, a Jeep Rubicon, a Hummer and a Chevrolet Tahoe.

If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of 10 years and up to Life in federal prison for the cocaine charge; a minimum of five years and up to 40 for the marijuana charge; and up to 20 years in federal prison for the money laundering charge.  A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is being investigated by the DEA, Texas DPS, Harris County Sheriff's Office, Houston Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Pasadena Police Department, La Porte Police Department, Beaumont Police Department, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Marshals Service, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Texas National Guard, National Drug Intelligence Center Document and Media Exploitation Team, Rosenberg Police Department, Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in cooperation with federal agents in Philadelphia, Jackson, MS, and Hermosillo, Mexico.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John A. Craft.

 

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Defendants

DOB

City of Residence

(3)

Terence Corneilus Young
a/k/a "T"

5/18/1984

Humble, Texas

(4)

Leon Woodard
a/k/a "Za"

02/10/1969

Upper Darby, PA

(5)

Edward Longoria
a/k/a "Marlo", a/k/a "E", a/k/a "Ed"

06/08/1968

Spring, Texas

(6)

Lorenzo Mota Espinosa
a/k/a "Primo", a/k/a "Daniel", a/k/a "Brother-in-law", a/k/a "Traffic", a/k/a "El-Travieso"

06/11/1970

Spring, Texas

(7)

Lawrence Ballard
a/k/a "Beaver"

05/11/1969

Richmond, Texas

(8)

Alvaro Teodoro Soto
a/k/a "Puma", a/k/a "Al", a/k/a "Old Man"

02/19/1960

Spring, Texas

(9)

Warren Randle
a/k/a "West", a/k/a "W", a/k/a "J Dub", a/k/a "J Dov"

08/09/1969

Houston, Texas

(10)

Marco Antonio Villareal
a/k/a "Rojo", a/k/a "Red"

03/02/1967

Conroe, Texas

(11)

Frank Young
a/k/a "Noonie"

03/09/1970

Houston, Texas

(12)

Mindy Kay McGilvrey
a/k/a "Mindy Kay"

05/05/1972

Spring, Texas

(13)

Jonathan Williams
a/k/a "Kilo"

12/30/1968

Jackson, MS

(14)

Frederick Franklin
a/k/a "Diddy"

03/31/1963

Jackson, MS

 (15)

Xavier Gray
a/k/a "X", a/k/a "Javier"

11/20/1978

Nashville, TN

(16)

Gilbert Galindo
a/k/a "Gilberto"

5/20/1968

Houston, Texas

(17)

Gabriel Jaime Leal, Jr.
a/k/a "Gabe"

08/05/1983

Houston, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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