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Feds Arrest 5 In Major Heroin Bust

December 23, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
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The United States Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of five individuals at a Monday afternoon press conference in what’s being called the biggest heroin bust ever in the Northern District of Indiana which covers the northern third of the state.

Eduardo Martinez, 29 of Fort Wayne was one of the five people who were all arrested on Wednesday, December 17, following an investigation that used wiretaps on two of his cell phones.  According to United States Attorney David Capp, authorities intercepted a phone conversation where they learned Martinez was negotiating with Gisela Leyva Gamez, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona to arrange for a delivery of heroin to Fort Wayne.  The delivery took place on December 17 at a garage at a home on West Butler Street in Fort Wayne.

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The location was under surveillance and when agents saw a white pickup truck making the delivery, the moved in and arrested the two men in the truck, Cesar Rosales, 40 of Wilmington, California and Juan Rosales Suarez, 41, of Memphis, Tennessee.

Martinez and Gomez were captured near the home after they tried to run away.  Rigoberto Martinez, 32, of Fort Wayne was also taken into custody.Inside the garage agents found 3.5 kilograms of heroin.

On Friday, December 19, authorities were issued a search warrant for the pickup truck and inside they found another 4.5 kilograms hidden in a spare tire.

“These arrests dismantle an organization responsible for bringing large quantities of heroin to the streets of greater Fort Wayne,” said Capp.

All five people are charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

“Too many lives are lost to heroin,” said Dennis Wichern, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Field Division, which includes Indiana.  “Our top priority is dismantling these drug trafficking organizations who peddle their poison with disregard to devastation it causes or the violence it breeds in the community.”

Multiple law enforcement agencies took part in the investigation, including the DEA, the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, the Indiana State Police, Noble County Sheriff’s Department and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

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