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Feds: DEA bust 14 in El Paso drug ring tied to sending heroin, cocaine, meth to Atlanta, Chicago

December 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: DEA bust 14 in El Paso drug ring tied to sending heroin, cocaine, meth to Atlanta, Chicago

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DEA agents busted 14 suspects accused in a drug trafficking ring in El Paso, including a woman who is facing a mandatory life sentence for her role in the.

The group reportedly transported cocaine, meth, and heroin from El Paso to Atlanta, Chicago, and Wichita, Kansas, the El Paso Times reported.

U.S. Drug Enforcement officials sais agents arrested eight people from the El Paso area. The others suspects are from Illinois and Texas

The arrests on drug conspiracy, drug possession, money laundering and other charges were initiated last week after an indictment was filed on December 6th by a federal grand jury in El Paso. The latest arrest took place in Illinois on Monday.

“The individuals charged in this indictment are responsible for distributing cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin without regard to the countless people suffering from addiction,” Karen I. Flowers, special agent in charge of the DEA El Paso Division, announced in a statement.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office added that that one of the defendants, 41-year-old Veronica Martinez Carrera-Perez, is facing a mandatory life sentence if found guilty.

Court records indicate that Martinez Carrera-Perez, also known as “Comadre” and “Luna,” is facing a life sentence because she was previously found guilty on a federal drug conspiracy charge in Colorado back in 2000.

Federal documents revealed that a Veronica Martinez was sentenced to two years and three months behind bars.

Martinez Carrera-Perez is in custody without bond. A detention hearing is set to take place on Thursday.

The federal government is looking to seize a residence in far East El Paso, according to the indictment.

The $122,316 home belongs to Veronica M.C. Perez, El Paso Central Appraisal District records revealed.

During a multiagency probe, investigators seized close to 106 pounds of cocaine, 55 pounds of meth and 4 pounds of heroin and $500,000.

The indictment added that the government also is requesting the forfeiture of $115,118 seized from Julio Ferreyra, 33, in Oklahoma back in September 2016.

Among the 14 arrested include:

• Veronica Martinez Carrera-Perez, 41, aka “Comadre” and “Luna,” of El Paso

• Evelyn Gonzalez, 35, of Glendale Heights, Ill.

• Fernando “Raco” Chavez-Rolon, 24, of Woodstock, Ill.

• Sergio “Flaco” Serra, 35, of Edinburg, Texas

• Ricardo “Richie” Martinez, 32, of El Paso

• Crystal “Betty” Aguilar, 33, of El Paso

• Esperanza “Espy” Corpus de Escalona, 45, of Alton, Texas

• Roberto Clemente, 41, of El Paso

• Julio Ferreyra, 33, of Cicero, Ill.

• Cristal Glore-Guzman, 33, of Mission, Texas

• Julio Mota, 26, alias “Gordo, Gordito” of Sunland Park

• Kevin Martinez, 24, of Clint

• Rene Alvarez, 19, of El Paso

• Jesus Galindo, 29, of El Paso

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Texas

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