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Multi-state drug trafficking organization dismantled

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

Defendants indicted on drug and criminal enterprise charges for bringing kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine to Central Indiana


Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today the dismantling of a multi-state drug trafficking organization which brought large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine to Central Indiana which netted them millions of dollars in cash profits.

“Large-scale drug trafficking dealing brings violence and disrupts the tranquility of our neighborhoods,” said Minkler. “Those who chose to spread illegal drugs and the addictions that follow, will be held accountable and experience the wrath of federal prosecution.”

The indictment alleges Hector Saul Castro-Aguirre, age 38, Nogales, Mexico, and Rafael Rojas-Reyes, 34, Avon, were the masterminds of the organization bringing drugs to Central Indiana and many other U.S. cities. From July 2015 through September 2016, Castro-Aguire is alleged to have received the drugs from Mexico for redistribution in the United States. Some shipments were delivered in Avon, Indiana, and others were sent to locations in Arizona, New York and Pennsylvania. Once the drugs were delivered to Avon, they were redistributed by Rafael Rojas-Reyes to other mid-level dealers.

Other defendants include:

Rafael Rojas-Reyes, 34

Oscar Macias, 22

Merath Mora-Chavez, 32

Francisco Toledo-Santos, aka Chiapas, 29

Roberto S. Macias, 42

Hector Saul Castro-Aguirre, aka Chapo, aka Chapito, 38

Elvia Barrios-Moreno, 50

Aldo Machado-Castro, 40

John Ramirez-Prado, 34

Rafael Lnu, aka Flaco

Yesenia Andrade-Guillen, 38

Jesus Lopez-Acosta, aka Jessie

Julio Cesar Cebrero-Alvarez, 34

Jose Manuel Carrillo-Tremillo, aka Meche, 50

Cristian Garcia, 25

Melvin Peralta, aka Leonardo, 27

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Carmel Police Department and Indianapolis Metropolitan Drug Task Force.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington, Chief of the Drug and Violent Crime Unit, the defendants face decades in prison if convicted on all counts.

An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in federal court.

Updated March 6, 2017