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Feds Bust 10 Million Dollar Drug Bust In Four States

November 5, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Federal authorities have announced the arrest of eight people spanning across four states, which included the seizure of almost 100 pounds of illicit drugs.

The drug ring allegedly sent drugs to Alaska and also laundered their profits in Mexico.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said Monday that the seizures included about 50 pounds of heroin, 38 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 pounds of heroin.

The ring, which has operating at least a year and stretched from Alaska, California, Arizona and Texas.

The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates of the seized drugs’ total value range from $2.3 million at the wholesale level — sold by the pound or kilogram — to over $10 million if they were sold on the street as ounces or grams.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Courter, Omar Alejandro Alfaro and Jose Ramon Canales, all of whom are from texas along with California man Genaro Gutierrez-Reyes, were charged with conspiring to transport drug proceeds from the scheme to Mexico. Alfaro and Canales also face charges of conspiring to distribute the drug shipment that was headed to Alaska, which included 12 kilograms of heroin and two pounds of meth.

Six kilos of heroin sold in early 2013 in Texas were later recovered, as well as three kilos of the drug mailed from Texas to Canales.

“Investigators found these kilograms of heroin hidden in a storage unit here in Anchorage along with an additional nine kilograms of heroin and various packaging materials,” prosecutors wrote.

According to federal prosecutors, drugs were both sold to undercover officers and seized during recent raids in the case.

“The conspirators also sold three kilograms of heroin and two pounds of methamphetamine to an Alaska undercover agent,” prosecutors wrote. “Agents seized an additional two kilograms of heroin and two pounds of methamphetamine from conspirators during arrest operations in Texas late last week.”

In California and Arizona, four more people are charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamines headed for Alaska. They include Tomas Gutierrez Ayala, Geronimo Arellano Velarde, Cristian Giovanni Lugo and Jasmin Sanchez.

Prosecutors wrote in the indictment, that in July 2013, Ayala possessed approximately ten pounds of methamphetamine, Around the same time, an Alaska-based conspirator traveled to California to purchase a large quantity of methamphetamine.”

An additional drug shipment including, five kilograms of cocaine and five pounds of meth — allegedly arrived in Alaska in October 2013.

Prosecutors allege that “In two subsequent transactions, conspirators sold four and seven pounds of methamphetamine respectively to an Alaska undercover agent, In arresting the defendants, law enforcement seized an additional eight pounds of methamphetamine. Overall, the conspiracy was responsible for the distribution or attempted distribution of approximately five kilograms of cocaine and 34 pounds of methamphetamine.”

Courter says that all of the drugs seized were apparently headed for the Last Frontier, despite the disparate locations where they were seized.

“They were either seized in Alaska or they were seized ultimately in an operation which was destined for Alaska,” Courter said.

Federal agents are seeking $70,000 in forfeitures of alleged drug money from the last person charged in the arrests, 51-year-old Anchorage man Timothy George Alex. He is accused of conspiring to distribute all three drugs, as well as attempting to possess cocaine in February.

According to Courter, the complicated indictments break down more neatly on the basis of which drugs were allegedly distributed by the operation’s various elements.

“As far as the meth side, that was definitely California,” Courter said. “The Texas side was more focused on heroin.”

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