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28 indicted in East Texas cocaine, marijuana, and meth conspiracy

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A spokesperson for the office of U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Friday said 28 people have been indicted for operating a major drug distribution ring responsible for trafficking cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine through the Eastern District of Texas as well as to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and Oklahoma.

On June 20, 2013, a federal grand jury returned a three count superseding indictment, under seal, charging 28 individuals with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute one or more controlled substances. On July 22, 2013, state and federal investigators began executing arrest warrants and successfully apprehended 23 of the 28 defendants. The names of those 23 were unsealed Friday, and include:

  • Terry Wilson Garrett, 57, of Morgan City, Louisiana
  • Eric Atoy Roberson, 40, of Dickinson, Texas
  • Alejandro Gonzales, 35, of Alvin, Texas
  • Roberto Sanchez Gonzalez, 40, of Houston, Texas
  • Hector Javier Alejandre, 28, of Houston, Texas
  • Irau Flores, 33, of Alvin, Texas
  • Yered Morales, 29, of Houston, Texas
  • Raul Castillo, 40, of Alvin, Texas
  • Luis Zavala-Garcia, 52, of Roma, Texas
  • Isaac Mireles, 35, of Alvin, Texas
  • Robert Mathis, 44, of Baker, Florida
  • Julio Vela, 33, of Houston, Texas
  • Jason Perez, 37, of Beaumont, Texas
  • Francisco Sandoval, 46, of Alvin, Texas
  • Ifrain Cadena, 31, of Pasadena, Texas
  • Xavier Barocio, 33, of Houston, Texas
  • Artemio Blanco, 27, of Alvin, Texas
  • Mario Costilla, 52, of McAllen, Texas
  • Luis Guerrero, 33, of Palmview, Texas
  • Delfino Bazan, 44, of Rio Grande City, Texas
  • Juan Pablo Flores, 37, of Houston, Texas
  • Agustin Mondragon, 36, of Houston, Texas
  • Fernando Flores, 37, of Houston, Texas

The identities of the remaining at-large defendants will remain under seal until they are apprehended by authorities.

Count One of the June 2013 superseding indictment alleges that from sometime in the late 2000's and continuing until June 18, 2013, Terry Wilson Garrett, Eric Atoy Roberson, Alejandro Gonzales, Roberto Sanchez Gonzalez, Hector Javier Alejandre, Irau Flores, Yered Morales, Raul Castillo, Isaac Mireles, Julio Vela, Ifrain Cadena, Xavier Barocio, Artemio Blanco, Delfino Bazan, Juan Pablo Flores, and Fernando Flores conspired with others to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.

Count Two alleges that, over the same time period, Alejandro Gonzales, Hector Javier Alejandre, Irau Flores, Yered Morales, Raul Castillo, Luis Zavala-Garcia, Isaac Mireles, Robert Mathis, Julio Vela, Jason Perez, Francisco Sandoval, Ifrain Cadena, Xavier Barocio, Artemio Blanco, Mario Costilla, Luis Guerrero, Juan Pablo Flores, Agustin Mondragon, and Fernando Flores conspired with others to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.

Count Three alleges that, over the same time period, Alejandro Gonzales, Roberto Sanchez Gonzalez, Hector Javier Alejandre, Raul Castillo, Artemio Blanco, Juan Pablo Flores, and Fernando Flores conspired with others to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.

The defendants all face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison if convicted of one or more of the drug conspiracy charges.

This case is the result of an extensive two and a half year joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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