Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced the successful extradition of Rafael Dario Gonzalez-Amparo (a/k/a “Rafa,” a/k/a “Sisi”) from the Dominican Republic based on a superseding indictment returned in Milwaukee. On July 14, 2023, Gonzalez-Amparo had his initial appearance and arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Dries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gonzalez-Amparo was ordered temporarily detained. His detention hearing is scheduled for July 19, 2023.
On November 8, 2022, a grand jury had returned a superseding indictment against Gonzalez-Amparo, alleging one count of international drug trafficking conspiracy and one substantive count of international drug trafficking. According to the superseding indictment, from approximately February 2019 through March 22, 2022, Gonzalez-Amparo conspired with Jean Eliobert Jasme (a/k/a “ED1,” “Eddy One,” and “Tio Loco”), Gabriel Zuñiga (a/k/a “Ito,” a/k/a “Hito,” a/k/a “Captain Ito,” a/k/a Capi”), and others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine intending, knowing, or having reasonable cause to believe the cocaine would be unlawfully imported into the United States. The indictment also alleges that on or about April 19, 2020, Gonzalez-Amparo distributed five kilograms or more of cocaine intending, knowing, or having reasonable cause to believe the cocaine would be unlawfully imported into the United States.
The DEA Port-au-Prince Country Office and the DEA Milwaukee Field Office investigated this case. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, the Dominican government, including the National Counterdrug Directorate (DNCD), and the U.S. Marshals Service, provided substantial assistance in this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert J. Brady, Jr. and Gail J. Hoffman of the Eastern District of Wisconsin are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an allegation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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