Dallas Residents Arrested in Law Enforcement Operation
Large Amounts of Cocaine and Methamphetamine Seized, Along with Luxury Vehicles and More Than $350,000 in Cash
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 17, 2013|
DALLAS—Seven Dallas residents were arrested yesterday in an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation conducted by special agents with the FBI and officers with the Dallas Police Department on several federal drug trafficking complaints. During this phase of the operation, three pounds of methamphetamine, more than $30,000, and several firearms were seized.
The first phase of this OCDETF operation was executed on July 2, 2013, when law enforcement seized approximately 14 kilograms of cocaine, one and one-half pounds of methamphetamine (“ice”), four luxury vehicles, and more than $315,000. Four defendants from Dallas were arrested that day and charged by federal complaint with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
Sarah R. Saldaña, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, and Diego Rodriguez, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI Dallas Division, announced the results of the operation today.
The following seven defendants were arrested yesterday and will appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan:
- Reynaldo Macedo-Flores, 35
- Calletano Flores-Hernandez, a/k/a Rolando Nunez-Hernandez, 47
- Austreberta Macedo-Flores, 53
- Rigoberto Aguirre, 35
- Jose Eduardo Madrigal-Moreno, 20
- Diego Hernandez-Valencia, 22
- Rupertro Renteria-Ramos, 27
The following four defendants were arrested on July 2, 2013, and have made their initial appearances in federal court. All were ordered detained.
- Victor Guillen, 21
- Ezekiel Maldonado, 34
- Roger Molina, 25
- Juan Perez Bernal, 36
The case involves undercover purchases, wiretaps, and search warrants. In total, 14 kilograms of cocaine, four and one-half pounds of methamphetamine, five firearms, four luxury vehicles, and $351,010 in cash have been seized in the operation.
A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment. The statutory maximum penalties for the charged offenses range from 40 years to life in federal prison and millions of dollars in fines.
The FBI and the Dallas Police Department are leading this OCDETF investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Schall is in charge of the prosecution.