Sixteen Indicted, 14 Apprehended in Early Morning Drug Sweep
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 10, 2013|
MEMPHIS—An early morning sweep by law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and numerous local law enforcement agencies resulted in the apprehension of 14 individuals involved in a drug distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III and A. Todd McCall, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed today, the following individuals did unlawfully and knowingly conspire to possess and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine:
- Osiel Lopez-Acuna, a/k/a “Buddha,” 34, of Memphis;
- Christopher Love, 38, of Memphis;
- Gilberto Conde, a/k/a “Gilberto Conde-Sanchez,” age unknown, of Memphis;
- Enrique Rodriguez, a/k/a “Kike,” age unknown, of Memphis;
- Alfonso Perez Hernandez, a/k/a “Kora,” 45, of Memphis;
- Francisco Javie Valtierra-Zuni, a/k/a “Fabian Avila-Prieto,” age unknown, of Memphis;
- David Martinez, age unknown, of Memphis;
- Jose Trinidad Arteaga, a/k/a “Pelon,” a/k/a “Dreamer,” 30, of Memphis;
- Julius Hull, a/k/a “Trey,” 36, of Memphis;
- Gregory Ledronte Miller, a/k/a “Bebe,” 34, of Memphis;
- Daniel Morales, age unknown, of Memphis;
- Benigno Morales Vasquez, a/k/a “Muchi,” 39, of Memphis;
- Aquilino Gonzalez, 30, of Memphis;
- Terry Greer, 40, of Memphis;
- Otis Booth, a/k/a “Otis Boothes,” age unknown, of Memphis;
- Correy Dewayne Morris, 35, of Memphis.
In addition, Gilberto Conde was indicted for one count of possession of a firearm while in the country illegally and one count of possession of a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking. Otis Booth and Enrique Rodriguez remain at large.
Officials also seized approximately 10 guns, night vision goggles, body armor, approximately $125,000 in cash, and approximately two kilograms of suspected cocaine. This investigation was conducted in conjunction with prosecutors in Memphis as part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program, which seeks to reduce the availability of drugs by disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, money laundering organizations, and related criminal enterprises.
This case is being investigated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Memphis Police Department, Bartlett Police Department, Germantown Police Department, and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel French is representing the government.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.