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10 Arrested in McKinney, Texas Heroin Conspiracy
PLANO, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 10 North Texas residents have been arrested following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the McKinney, Texas area.
In July 2011, McKinney Police and Texas DPS began an undercover investigation of a heroin conspiracy involving several McKinney and Van Alstyne residents. A federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment on Dec. 14, 2011, charging 16 individuals with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. A task force of 55 federal, state and local law enforcement officers conducted a round-up of those individuals on Jan. 17, 2012. Those defendants in custody went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant on Jan. 18, 2012, for initial appearances.
Those charged in the federal indictment and arrested are as follows:
Defendant DOB City
Ernest Michael Diaz 10/04/1992 McKinney
Teresa Rodriguez 05/16/1985 McKinney
Santiago Adri Sepulveda 03/06/1991 McKinney
Joe Diaz 08/24/1984 McKinney
Ricardo Julio Castillo, Jr. 06/23/1991 McKinney
Michael Angel Padron 08/03/1993 McKinney
Oscar K. Montoyo-Castillo 06/04/1990 McKinney
Nancy Aleida Granados 01/19/1985 Dallas
Steven William Taylor 02/17/1991 McKinney
Brittany Leann Vollweiler 03/16/1989 Van Alstyne, TX
If convicted, the defendants each face up to 40 years in federal prison. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of any property used to commit or facilitate the crimes or derived from proceeds of the conspiracy.
Those included in the arrests and investigation of this case include the ATF, McKinney Police Department, Collin County Sheriff's Office, Greenville Police Department, Hunt County Attorney's Office, Hunt County Constable Pct. 1, Texas DPS, and U.S. Marshals Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ernest Gonzalez.
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.