Six Local Residents Arrested for Role in Cocaine, Crack and Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy
DALLAS — In an early morning operation led by the Dallas Police Department and the FBI, six Dallas residents were arrested yesterday for their respective roles in a drug distribution conspiracy that they allegedly operated in the Dallas area since May 2010, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. All arrested defendants made their initial appearances in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver.
In the indictment returned earlier this month, and unsealed yesterday, each of the below-listed defendants is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine) and more than 50 grams of methamphetamine:
- Arturo Perez, aka “Juan,” 42
- Gabriela Garza, 28
- Debra Gonzalez, 27
- Nicandro Hernandez, 47
- Jose Lopez, 33
- Roberto Soriano, 35
In addition, all of the defendants are charged with substantive counts as follows: Perez is charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Garza is charged with two counts of the same; and Gonzalez, Hernandez and Soriano are each charged with one count of the same. Lopez is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. If convicted, however, the conspiracy count carries a statutory sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison and $5 million fine. The remaining substantive counts carry a maximum statutory sentences of 20 years and a $1 million fine. The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation which would require the defendants, upon conviction, to forfeit all property, real or personal, derived from the proceeds of their crime.
The investigation is being conducted by the Dallas Police Department and the FBI.
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