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DEA arrests 28 suspected narcotics traffickers with links to Sinaloa Drug Cartel

April 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
DEA arrests 28 suspected narcotics traffickers with links to Sinaloa Drug Cartel

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Federal prosecutors announced the indictment of 28 individuals with links to the Sinaloa Drug Cartel on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

The federal indictment was the result of a 16-month DEA investigation focusing on a drug trafficking organization reportedly headed by Luis Angel Briseno Lopez, a Mexican native believed to be working in Juarez. He has not yet been apprehended, KVIA reported.

During the investigation, investigators indicated that they seized approximately 30 kilos of heroin, 64 kilos of meth, 17 kilos of cocaine, 20 kilos of marijuana, 24 guns, three cars, and $102,000.

The investigation ended on Friday with an early morning multi-agency operation that included the execution of arrest warrants in New Mexico and Texas.

Officials say 23 of the 28 defendants are have been taken into custody, with 20 of the people arrested on Friday.

The defendants are accused of smuggling heroin, meth and cocaine from Mexico to New Mexico, Texas, Kentucky, Illinois, and Kansas.

The co-conspirators named in the indictment include:

Manuel German Ibarra, 32, of Albuquerque (considered a fugitive)
Daisy Hidalgo 22, of Anthony, New Mexico (considered a fugitive)
Franciso Luna-Rosales, 50, of Albuquerque (considered a fugitive)
Juan R. Gutierrez, 30, of Belen, New Mexico
Yvonne Briseno-Lopez, 26, of El Paso
Guztavo Hernandez, 38, Loaiza of Albuquerque
Joshua Jande, 23, Carmona of El Paso
Jazmin Lucia Soto, 19, of Chaparral

Jazmin Lucia Soto, 19, of Chaparral

Vanessa Reyes, 26, of El Paso
Jose Manuel Ortiz-Campos, 28, of El Paso
Edgar Dominguez-Cuellar, 30, of Sunland Park, New Mexico
Alberto Terrazas 40, Ignacio of Albuquerque
Rosa M. De Santiago, 43, of Sunland Park
Diego Armando Rivas-Aguilar, 23, a Mexican national
Georgina Ramirez, 36, of Anthony, New Mexico
Alfonso Rios, 36, of Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Roderica T. Bahe, 24, of Albuquerque
Martin J. Contreras, 25, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Elizabeth Monroy, 19, of Chaparral, New Mexico

Elizabeth Monroy

Ricardo Terraza-Ignacio, 19, of Las Cruces
Dulce Viridiana Rodriguez, 21, of Albuquerque
Gonzalo Dominguez-Cuellar, 24, of Sunland Park
Jesus A. Flores, 39, of Anthony, New Mexico
Omar Fernandez, 21, of Albuquerque

“Today law enforcement in New Mexico and West Texas has dealt a severe blow to a drug trafficking organization with ties to a Mexican drug cartel, through the cooperation of numerous law enforcement organizations we have removed criminals from our communities who have been involved in smuggling, transporting, and distributing drugs,” Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney said in a statement.

“This particular organization, which has ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel, was operating in and through El Paso and Las Cruces,” Tierney added.

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