Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Heroin traffickers indicted for smuggling 1,000 kilograms from Mexico

Borderland Beat posted by DD republished from PhillyVoice
 
A 108-count superseding indictment, unsealed June 2, 2015, charges 37 people as participants in a multi-state heroin trafficking organization with ties to Mexico.
 Laredo drug organization allegedly smuggled heroin into United States by concealing it in car batteries, bumpers, cans

 By John Kopp, PhillyVoice staff

A multistate drug trafficking organization allegedly imported 1,000 kilograms of heroin into the United States from Mexico, smuggling the drugs in car batteries, bumpers, vehicle traps and concealed cans for transfer to several cities including Philadelphia and Camden, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

Thirty-seven defendants affiliated with the Laredo Drug Trafficking Organization are facing charges for the alleged distribution and attempted distribution of multi-kilogram quantities of heroin, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Tuggle announced. Fourteen defendants hail from Philadelphia. Three others are from South Jersey.

 The 108-count superseding indictment includes 62 counts of money laundering and 43 counts of substantive drug charges. It also includes charges for conducting a continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Antonio and Ismael Laredo, who are brothers from Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, allegedly led the organization that conspired to smuggle and distribute heroin in the United States, according to the indictment. 


The Laredo organization allegedly manufactured and imported heroin from Mexico and supplied affiliated drug trade organizations in Philadelphia, Camden, Atlanta, Chicago and New York City, among other cities.

“Because of the persistent and collaborative efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies across the country, a major supplier of heroin to the Philadelphia region is out of business," Memeger said in a statement.

The Laredo organization allegedly supplied street-level heroin operations in Philadelphia and regularly moved quantities ranging from 15 to 50 kilograms between an operation in Chicago and Philadelphia, according to the indictment. The organization also allegedly supplied heroin to the Camden-based Confesor Montalvo drug organization and the Philadelphia-area drug trade organizations allegedly run by Christian Serrano and Darbin and Gabriel Vargas.

The indictment alleges Laredo members used violence, including murder, arson, assault and kidnapping, to protect the organization's product and proceeds to prevent members from withdrawing.

“Dismantling this extremely violent international drug trafficking organization ended the flow of hundreds of kilograms of Mexican-based heroin into the Philadelphia region and is a direct result of DEA’s resolve to make our communities safer," Tuggle said in a statement. "This was a cooperative effort with local, state and federal agencies. The flow of Mexican-produced heroin into southeast Pennsylvania has been significantly impacted.” 

Defendant Alejandro Sotelo allegedly served as a stash house operator and distributor in Chicago, arranging multi-kilogram heroin shipments to Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York.

The indictment alleges the Laredo brothers arranged for the manufacture and production of car batteries in Mexico with concealed compartments designed to import heroin.

In 2012, a courier allegedly concealed three kilograms of heroin inside a car battery for transport from Mexico to Philadelphia, according to the indictment. Another shipment of four kilograms allegedly was concealed inside a car speaker box. Couriers allegedly were directed to deliver the heroin, including 7.6 kilograms shipped in concealed fruit and vegetable cans in Texas, to the Vargas organization in September 2012.

The indictment alleges the Laredo brothers had numerous relatives and associates establish funnel accounts to launder at least $5 million in drug proceeds to Mexico. Laundering techniques allegedly included wire transfers and Western Union money grams.

The indictment also alleges defendant Omar Flores deposited large amounts of drug proceeds into a business account for Tri-County Auto Sales Inc., in Rockford, Illinois. Portions of that funding allegedly were used to purchase multiple vehicles needed to transport heroin and bulk U.S. currency in concealed compartments.

If convicted, the Laredo brothers each face a mandatory sentence of life in prison, millions of dollars in fines and criminal forfeiture judgment to the United States of up to $60 million. Most of the drug trafficking defendants face mandatory minimum sentences of at least 10 years in prison.

The local residents named in the indictment are:

  • Francisco Gonzalez Jose, aka “Franci,” aka “Francisco Morales," 43, of Philadelphia, named in five countsDarbin Vargas, aka “Darbi,” 31, of Philadelphia, four counts
  • Gabriel Vargas, 26, of Philadelphia, four counts
  • Confesor Montalvo, 43, of Cherry Hill, two counts
  • Miguel Irizarry, aka “Chisito,” 32, of Camden, two counts
  • Jose Ruiz, aka “Drama,” 42, of Camden, two counts
  • Edwin Vidal, 27, of Philadelphia, four counts
  • Luis Vasquez, aka “Chupee,” 41, of Philadelphia, two counts
  • Frank Christian Peralta, aka “Cojo,” 24, of Philadelphia, eight counts
  • Ariel Rodriguez, aka “El Puro," 21, of Philadelphia, eight counts
  • Joel Peralta-Reyes, 24, of Philadelphia, eight counts
  • Jhonny Mena-Mariano, 38, of Philadelphia, three counts
  • Samuel Perez, 46, of Philadelphia, one count
  • Melvin Pagan, 36, of Philadelphia, one count
  • Robert Delorbe, 46, of Philadelphia, one count
  • Johana Lasals, 37, of Philadelphia, one count
  • Jose Luis Rojas-Hernandez, 37, of Philadelphia, one count

48 comments:

  1. Bruthers slingin Mexican junk an baltimore wet all thru N illadel and they weed always been Mexican smellin like diesel

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    1. "The junk mexican brothers sell has been smelling like diesel..."
      Wonder why.
      The Chicago-Rockford/Philadelphia connection forfeiting 60 million dollars and the likes over a one kilo accusation stinks to heavens, now that all the money has been clean laundered, there comes the clean boys, owners of the playing field, the ball and the players to take possession of all of it...
      --Not much left for the rabble but cry over their loses after being allowed and even set up on "business..."

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    2. Translation - in north Philadelphia (very poor and open air drug market) the heroin comes from Mexico and PCP (wet) comes from Baltimore (not sure if he is implying Mexicans in Baltimore but I doubt it). He also said the marijuana comes from Mexico and it smells like the truck fuel tanks it is smuggled in.

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    3. Funny how when a story about heroin is written on here,all the tekatos come out of the woodworks and comment.freakin wackos.

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    4. @10:25 - yes not everyone can be as perfect as you...and you must have a lot going for you since you have time to read comments of what you call "freakin wackos".

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    5. El fuckin' wacko tecato gets his ass handed to him, and still can't find it with both hands... funny...

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  2. Ill gotten treasures have no lasting value. Proverbs 10:2

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  3. My oh my, that carries the death penalty under the FDPA in the USA. That is the Federal Death Penalty Act 18 U.S. Code Chapter 228. The alternative is mandatory life, I don't know why that was left out of the original article. You know the feds will go after the death penalty on this. They will be singing like canaries and give up their brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles , cousins, mom & dad. LOL

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    1. No doubt depending on the volume and 1000kgs is excess. I know the law has been tested in courts as unconstitutional but each time tossed out and is a legal constitutional law with federal enforcement. So the govt might actually try for the death penalty to get them to talk and take a mandatory life sentence as the only alternative. This should be interesting.

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    2. the DEA keeps us all safe

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    3. Yea offer the dirty bastards life to spill the beans . then give them a wonderful life in the Colorado mountains
      Lol lol lol lol evil bastards

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    4. true that. the AUSA will no doubt seek the death penalty then the pleas will start flying. another easy RICO and drug trafficking case for the feds.

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    5. Death penalty for what? Heroin?

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  4. Spoon-feeding poison to our people.

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    1. Yea I cant believe that they stick a gun to peoples heads and tell them to use drugs..Its like they dont have a choice on the matter. Of course if it was legal it would be safer, and cheaper, and much less glamorous to take. Kind of like Portugal where drug use is decriminalized, and use has fallen.

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    2. Amen Brother

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    3. In Portugal drug use has fallen because their economy FAILED, for listening to the prophets of capitalist jesus that the way to get rich is to steal from the poor to give to the rich, (aka "austerity"), not for nothing PIIGS is for Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Grease, and Spain, at the head of the European Union members' failing economies...
      --And that's got nothin' to do with drugs...

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  5. They never going to see the sun until 25+ years later or if they snitch like osiel cardenas guillen they going to get 10 years all bad

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  6. Damn! My hometown makes the news again...

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    1. South eastern pa hotter the flames right now I live in chester county dea been busting large mexican dto every year since 2011 my people not playing thats what u white people get for taking our land now we taking ur souls thru the dope

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    2. Naaah, the devil still collecting, you sell your soul, you pay for it...
      --If you was too little and didn't know what you was getting into, that is your mathafakin' problem...

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    3. hey 6:42 "white people"? Fool! Heroin and opiates are the Black American communities downfall. Blacks amount to over 75% of heroin addicts fool. Better check with NIDA. Ever hear of Nicky Barnes? Black man who worked for the Mafioso in NY to contaminate Harlem, then Baltimore, Washington DC & Philly. He spread heroin to the poor Blacks as a drug of opportunity to get them addicted and himself rich. FOOL!

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    4. 3:53 what about cocaine? you need bills to pay for that expensive habit and who else then rich white folks...... ;)

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    5. This clown talkin about my people as he sits in the US, lmao

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    6. We got crack because we use the dollar bills to buy it, only the rich can have money left over to snort their shit, or inject it...
      --The brotherhood of black, mexican white, chinese, russian Indian, and red and black and blue african american addicts, do not have billions of dollars from drug trafficking in any bank in the world, much less in offshored investments away from uncle Sam "just in case..."
      --THINK, IDIOTS... atentamente: not your people...

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  7. If the feds dont give them life texas will!

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  8. What a boon for the competition.Sure as shit someone will fill the void or all the rehab centres will be filled to the max and then some.

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    1. True. They make these huge busts but the street price never changes. Its like there is an endless supply(somehwat true), and 1000keys is a drop in the local bucket.

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    2. @ 1:31 there is an endless supply. No matter how big a bust you make there are so many drug dealers out there it really won't affect the overall picture too much.

      There's always another supplier... Always another drug dealer looking for new customers and always customers looking to get high or sell drugs to make money.

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    3. 1000k amounts to chump change.

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  9. Wow.the government sure hates competition.

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    1. Gov. will always win, the house cleans all!

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    2. Worng,
      The puppet masters always win, the american government has been stripped from its people, since "they" murdered kennedy, Luther King, MalcolmX and what's his name leader of the black panther party in chicago...
      --oh, and Barry Seal...

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  10. US govt/Big pharma sure hates competition!
    Opioids: Hillbilly heroin, oxy, OC, oxycotton, percs, happy pills, vikes

    Depressants: barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets; candy, downers, sleeping pills, tranks; A-minus, zombie pills

    Stimulants: Skippy, the smart drug, Vitamin R, bennies, black beauties, roses, hearts, speed, uppers
    Looks like hear in the US doctors & US govt are the biggest drug traffickers.

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    1. No way to get oxys prescribed that easily unless you lost a leg.

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  11. "The government must have proof..."
    After letting them do their job for a looong time while they got 'collected evidence' and shit, like where is the money, all the mathafakin' money!, because them there crooks will not give it up just like that when told "gimme the money, all of it!!!"

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  12. Scientists have just learned how to modify yeast to produce opium. Could be a real game changer

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    1. hahhaha NEXT... OPIUM ON YOUR TAYLENOLS

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    2. YEAAAAH, I wanna sleep with the queen, heroin...but yeast may make it smelly,
      I'll stick to sugar, they say it is about the same high, plus it is legal and cheap...

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  13. Theyll do ten years and come out richer than fuck........I dont give a shit what anyone does......your not going to stop it....look at caro....he freaking does what 30 yrs and still filthy rich.....are you people that naive to believe that there money is taken....guillen forfeited 25 million and he is still filthy rich.......garcia is doing life in federal prison and his family reaps the rewards......this game cant be stopped....it just changes

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    1. Caro Quintero, the man that FAILED 1st grade in grade school 9 times, studied it all again for 30 years in prison and failed to pass every single year...
      --Never learned to sing, it was not part of the curricula nor on the syllabus...
      --But he could put a lot of american "rogue agents" in trouble if he did...

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  14. Con el Nuevo León Cartel, dirigido por Juan Carlos Pintera, conquistando la frontera cerca de Nuevo Laredo y Matamoros, El CNL se hará cargo de las plazas de heroína a lo largo de la frontera y en Reynosa.

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  15. Anthony Bourdain needs 2 do a Parts Unknown show on the Laredo underworld. It'd be interesting 2 see the truth of it all.

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  16. MORENO VALLEY: Fired FBI agent accused of stealing $100,000 in drug money (UPDATE)
    MORENO VALLEY: Fired FBI agent accused of stealing $100,000 in drug money (UPDATE)

    (Sent from Press-Enterprise)
    http://www.pe.com/articles/money-769020-counts-agent.html

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  17. Cuando se trata de la guerra contra las drogas debe ser una pregunta. ¿Quién tiene la culpa el comprador o el vendedor?

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  18. I agree with everything Anonymous says. Anonymous knows what's up.

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