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60 Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges



June 8, 2011

TOPEKA, KAN. –Sixty people have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in indictments unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Topeka.

All 60 defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, a felony that carries a penalty upon conviction of not less than 10 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. Of those charged, four defendants also are charged with one count of distribution of methamphetamine, and three defendants are charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The charges are contained in five separate indictments unsealed today after law enforcement officers served arrest warrants on those charged. The indictments are the product of two investigations led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in cooperation with the Topeka Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

All the crimes are alleged to have taken place in the District of Kansas at various times, beginning prior to Nov. 1, 2009, and continuing until as late as May 31, 2011.
Grissom thanked the following agencies that assisted in this investigation and further assisted in serving arrest warrants: Drug Enforcement Administration, Topeka Police Department, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Marshals Service, Kansas Highway Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol and Beverage Control, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office, and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard are prosecuting.

Those charged include the following:

US v. Quesada, et al.

Demetrio Quesada, 35, Kansas City, Kan.
Geronimo Ortiz, 56
Tracy Tugwell, 49
Anthony Tugwell, 29
Maria Guadalupe Soto-Cabrera, Modesto, Calif.
Jose Flores, 52, Topeka, Kan.
Fernando Ruiz-Alvarez, 33
Erik Plancarte-Montejano, 27
Alberto Verasa-Barron, 49
Davis Alejos, 59
Arnulfo Prado-Cervantez, 57
Silvestre Palominos-Tinoco, 31
Onelia Aquino-Rosales, 42, Arlington, Texas
Agustin Ramirez-Villa, 30, Kansas City, Missouri
Armando Yanez-Plancarte, 22
Victor Zavela-Ramos, 25, Olathe, Kan.


U.S. v. Ruiz-Arreola, et al.

Carlos Ruiz-Arreola, 31
Leopoldo Ignacio Campos, 40
Karla Jo Coversup, 32
Pauline Michelle Wabaunsee, 28
Julio Caesar Ortiz, 34
Gilderado Alfaro Cabello, 46

U.S. v. Harris, et al.

Alex Jacob Harris, 22
Heather Ray Schulz, 21
Lisa Lynn Cunningham, 33
Anna Lucy Devore, 65
Shawn Allen Cunningham, 39
James Eugene Flowers, Jr., 43
Garrett David Hunt, 23
Douglass Wade Kamauff, 39
Rafael Munoz, 30
Crystal Nicole Bacon, 28
Brenda Sue Harris, 46
Chad William Harris, 42
Dustin Lee Vandam, 34
Randall Keith Acker, 25
Michael Louis Wintholz, 39

U.S. v. Castro, et al.

Henry Castro, 23, Eloy, Ariz.
Urbano Garcia, 25, Topeka, Kan.
Hernan Gomez-Jimenez, 34, Topeka, Kan.
Carlos Nunez, 26, Topeka, Kan.
Jorge M. Munoz, 30, Topeka, Kan.
Alexis Geraro Mota, 23, Topeka, Kan.
Christian Moreno, 27, Eloy, Ariz.
Hector Mota, 26, Topeka, Kan.
Nolberto Mota, Jr., 28, Topeka, Kan.
Lorena Monica Ortiz, 22, Eloy, Ariz.
Luisa Mota-Hernandez, 24
Braelund Silversmith, 36, Topeka, Kan.
Cindy Escalante, 28, Topeka, Kan.
Edgar Amaya-Melendez, 30, Topeka, Kan.
Fermin Perez-Gerardo, 51, Casa Grande, Ariz.

U.S. v. Woods, et al.

James Dustin Woods, 29, Topeka, Kan.
Tiffany D. Woosley, 20, Topeka, Kan.
Miranda C. Mauk, 34, Topeka, Kan.
Bradley Guerrero, 28, Topeka, Kan.
Lindsay N. Lee, 27
Jennifer R. Simpson, 33, Topeka, Kan.
Karen M. Shutts, 43, Topeka, Kan.
Shawn F. Polinskey, 39, Topeka, Kan.



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