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Ohio federal grand jury indict 14 Mexican nationals, 3 US citizens in nationwide drug trafficking conspiracy

April 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Ohio federal grand jury indict 14 Mexican nationals, 3 US citizens in nationwide drug trafficking conspiracy

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Seventeen suspects were indicted by an Ohio federal grand jury in an elaborate drug trafficking conspiracy, which includes possession with the intent to distribute heroin and meth, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio said in a press release on Friday.

The arrests were made following a DEA-led joint investigation involving federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

The superseding indictment alleges the suspects plotted to transport drugs from Mexico to Ohio as far back as December 2015, with one suspect possessing a firearm during an October 2016 drug transaction.

U.S. Attorneys were assisted by multiple law enforcement agencies, including police chiefs during Friday’s report.

Justice Department prosecutors said ten members of the drug trafficking conspiracy, are in custody. U.S. officials plan on seeking the extradition of four individuals from Mexico.

The defendants, who could each face life behind bars if convicted, are:

Guillermo Polanco-Contreras
An individual nicknamed “Chacorta”
Hiram Hernandez-Sarabia
Enrique Carrilo-Garcia
Karla Aguayo-Camarena
Hugo Carrilo
Miguel Guardado-Hernandez
Carlos Justo-Landa
Erick Pablo-Reyes
Hailey Johnson
Crescencio Hernandez
Jose Hernandez
Alvaro Hernandez, aka “Alvaro Dejesus-Hernandez”
Rene Casillas-Mojica
Noe Zepeda-Yerena
Ignacio Ortega-Meza
Jose Del Real-Ortega

The charge of use of a firearm in furtherance of the illegal drug trafficking carries a  maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

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