August 19, 2011
VIOLENT MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION INDICTED FOR METH AND HEROIN DISTRIBUTION
Brothers Captured on Wiretap Investigation Discussing Contract Killings, Cross-Border Smuggling
A grand jury indictment returned late yesterday in Seattle targets a Sinoloa, Mexico, drug trafficking organization smuggling heroin and methamphetamine into Arizona, and then transporting it for distribution as far east as Alabama and Ohio, and as far north as Western Washington. The investigation of the OLAIS ROCHA organization began in 2009, through the efforts of the South Snohomish County Narcotics Task Force (SSCNTF). Between January and June 2011, DEA partnered with SSCNTF, on a court authorized wiretap of cell phones used by the ring providing insights into the flow of drugs and cash, and the violence that is part and parcel of the drug trade. When officers and agents moved in to make arrests in June 2011, law enforcement seized 8 lbs of crystal methamphetamine, 7 pounds of heroin, more than $174,000 in cash, 9 firearms and ten cars.
Fifteen of eighteen indicted have been arrested and will be arraigned on the superseding indictment next week:
ORLANDO OLAIS ROCHA, 31, Lynnwood, WA
EVERARDO OLAIS ROCHA, 27, Lynnwood, WA
HERIBERTO PEREZ RUIZ, 29, Puyallup, WA
ELENO SEPULVEDA ACOSTA, 25, Puyallup, WA
SANTOS SEGUNDO GERARDO, 21, Tuscaloosa, AL
MITZY PATINO LEON, 21, San Luis, AZ
JOSE MARTIN VILLA RIVERA, 31, Lynnwood, WA
JACQUELINE C. VILLA, 28, Lynnwood, WA
RAUL ALFARO MUNOZ, 35, Everett, WA
JULIO CESAR VILLAFANA, 32, Everett, WA
LUIS FERNANDO SOTO BAEZ, 24, Marysville, WA
EDGAR OMAR HERNANDEZ VALDEZ, 24, Marysville, WA
ERNESTO MILLAN VELDERRAIN, 48, Everett, WA
BRIAN BATTS, 48, Snohomish, WA
GEOFFREY WRIGHT, 42, Everett, WA
The court authorized wiretap recordings reveal details of the drug ring. Members smuggled drugs across the border from Mexico, to a stash house in Arizona. Drugs and cash were packed in special compartments of vehicles or in voids within the frame of the vehicle. Some loads were packed in the void beneath the bed of a pick-up truck. The drugs were then transported to the Seattle area, and elsewhere, for distribution. In conversations recorded on the court authorized wiretap, members of the conspiracy were heard discussing a contract killing of unknown persons in Mexico.
Thursday’s superseding indictment added two new federal firearms charges against two of the leading defendants. ORLANDO OLAIS ROCHA and EVERARDO OLAIS ROCHA were charged by the grand jury with two counts of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. These charges involve six firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle, which were seized from a duplex in Puyallup and an apartment in Lynnwood. These new firearms charges are in addition to three previously charged counts alleging conspiracy to import methamphetamine and heroin, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
If convicted on the drugs counts, the defendants face a mandatory term of imprisonment of at least ten years, and up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10 million, a term of supervised release following imprisonment of at least five years, and forfeiture of all drug proceeds and facilitating property. If ORLANDO and EVERARDO OLAIS ROCHA are convicted of the newly added firearms offenses, they will face an additional mandatory five-year sentence which must run consecutively to the sentencing imposed on the drug offenses.
The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.