Chantilly Man Convicted of Using Business as Front for Cocaine Trafficking Ring in Northern Virginia
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jamin Dodamin Oliva-Madrid, 30, of Chantilly, Va., was convicted by a federal jury of conspiring with his brothers and other individuals to distribute cocaine throughout Virginia. In addition, Esteban Salguero-Ortiz, a/k/a Cadejo, 41, of Philadelphia, Pa., was also convicted today of conspiring with members of the trafficking ring in Northern Virginia to expand their distribution into Philadelphia.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, made the announcement.
Both men were convicted of conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and will face a maximum penalty of life in prison when they are sentenced by United States District Judge James C. Cacheris on Jan. 14, 2010.
“Today’s verdict demonstrates the Justice Department’s aggressive strategy to stop the flow of illegal drugs from Mexico into the United States,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Jamin Oliva-Madrid and his brothers used his granite business as a front to sell huge amounts of cocaine in Northern Virginia. Their trafficking ring was taken down thanks to the hard work of federal and local law enforcement working together to go after major drug suppliers in our area.”
“Our community is not immune from the poison the Mexican drug cartels bring to our streets,” said Special Agent in Charge Cooper-Davis. “This case shows the far reach of the cartels, but is also highlights the work our agents and our partners in law enforcement do every day to stop them. As an agency, we have the ability to work across state lines which allows us to attack these organizations at every level, from command and control operations to the street level dealers.”
The owner of JD Granite Countertops, Oliva-Madrid used his business as a front for the trafficking ring, designating it as a stash house used to store and cut the cocaine and distribute to dealers throughout Loudoun County and Alexandria, Va., among other locations. According to evidence at trial, Oliva-Madrid worked closely with his brothers – Rufino Oliva-Madrid, 34, and Darwin Oliva, 26 of Sterling, Va. – to establish a cocaine trafficking ring in Northern Virginia. From December 2009 to June 2010, they were supplied with multiple kilograms of cocaine each month by a source in Austin, Texas, who allegedly obtained the cocaine from a Mexican drug trafficking organization and arranged for the transport of the cocaine across the border and ultimately to Virginia.
Evidence at trial showed that the brothers made contact with Salguero-Ortiz in Philadelphia and made trips from Virginia to Pennsylvania. Conspirators wired Salguero-Ortiz money that was to be used to rent a stash house and open up a new distribution ring in that area.
Jamin Dodamin Oliva-Madrid and Salguero-Ortiz were part of a conspiracy that included 15 individuals indicted on June 4, 2010, and another conspirator who was later charged in the case. To date, 14 of those charged have been convicted and two are being held on separate charges in other jurisdictions.
This Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, dubbed Operation School of Rock, was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the regional HIDTA Task Force, along with the police departments in Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Arlington, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Dennis Fitzpatrick and Karen Dunn are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
The charges are part of a national investigation announced by Attorney General Eric Holder called Project Deliverance, a 22-month investigation announced in June 2010 that resulted in the seizure of approximately $154 million in U.S. currency, and approximately 1,262 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.5 tons of cocaine, 1,410 pounds of heroin, 69 tons of marijuana, 501 weapons and 527 vehicles during the entire course of the project. More than 300 federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies contributed investigative and prosecutorial resources to Project Deliverance through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.