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3 Indicted for Conspiring to Distribute Meth

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. – Three men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Dominique Marquise Levye, 31, of Los Angeles, California, Elvin Martinez-Montero, 25, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Abenego Rodriguez-Suriel, 29, of Erie, Pennsylvania, as defendants.

According to the Indictment presented to the court, from July 2019 to August 9, 2019, the defendants conspired to possess with intent to distribute five hundred grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. The charges relate to the seizure of over 30 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within a car that had been transported on a car hauler from California and was seized in the parking lot of the Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania on August 9, 2019.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life imprisonment, a fine of $10,000,000, or both for each defendant. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 23, 2020

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