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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Oklahoma

Friday, April 12, 2013

Five Men Charged With Trafficking 57 Pounds Of Crystal Methamphetamine ("Ice")

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma -- Federal charges were filed today charging JOSE EDUARDO OSUNA VALDEZ (aka "Lalo"), 25, BRIAN JESUS GARCIA-PENA (aka "Chino"), 18, JESUS HERNANDEZ-CARILLO (aka "Jesus Jesse Hernandez"), 20, JOSE IRAI GARCIA–PENA, 20, and GAEL GUADALUPE ZANUEDO-ARREDONDO, 20, all from Mexico, with conspiracy to possess and actually possessing approximately 57 pounds of crystal methamphetamine (commonly known as "ice") with intent to distribute, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to the criminal complaint and affidavit, law enforcement received a tip on April 10, 2013, regarding a shipment of crystal methamphetamine being delivered to Oklahoma City. Law enforcement surveillance tracked the drug shipment being transferred from the transport vehicle (a white 1997 Acura) to a black Nissan Armada in the parking lot of the Flying-J truck stop located at Interstate 40 and Morgan Road, in Oklahoma City. Surveillance tracked the Armada to 4348 N.W. 12th Street, in Oklahoma City, where law enforcement converged to arrest the five defendants. According to the complaint affidavit, approximately 57 pounds of crystal methamphetamine "ice" was recovered from the vehicle. The street value is estimated to exceed $2.5 million. Reference is made to the complaint and affidavit for further information.

If convicted, the defendants each face no less than ten years and up to life in prison, plus a $10,000,000 fine. The public is reminded that the complaint is merely an accusation and that the defendants are each presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department, Canadian County Sheriff's Department, Norman Police Department, Edmond Police Department, Duncan Police Department, Moore Police Department, District-21 Drug Task Force, District-6 Drug Task Force, COMIT Task Force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Training Center, and the Oklahoma National Guard-Counter Drug Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Peterrmann.

Updated December 15, 2014