Thursday, December 11, 2014
Guerreros Unidos Cell in the U.S. Dismanteled
In addition, that same day three other members of the cell, 50 year old Eliseo Betancourt Pereira of Aurora, 39 year old Roberto Sanchez of Chicago, and 29 year old Isaias Mandujano of Rockford,
were arrested in the Chicago area. All three individuals appeared in federal court and are being held pending a detention hearing to take place in the following days.
Arrest warrants have also been issued for three other members of this cell, 43 year old Wilfredo Flores Santos of North Aurora, 31 year old Jose Rodriguez of Chicago, and 33-34 year old Arturo Martinez, who is currently believed to be in Mexico.
Seven of the individuals face the charges of conspiracy to posses and distribute a kilogram or more of heroin, which carries a sentence of a $10 million fine and ten years to life in prison, while Mandujuano faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, which carries a sentence of a $5 million fine and five to forty years in prison.
Since August 2013, when the investigation of this cell began, 68 kilograms of heroin, 9 kilograms of cocaine, and $500,000 has been seized by authorities.