13 locals indicted as part of nationwide drug takedown

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:05am
Staff reports

A federal grand jury in Nashville has indicted 13 defendants in a case that is related to Project Coronado, a two-day, national takedown related to the La Familia cartel that took place earlier this week, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

During the two-day operation alone, $3.4 million in U.S. currency, 729 pounds of methamphetamine, 62 kilograms of cocaine, 967 pounds of marijuana, 144 weapons and 109 vehicles were seized by law enforcement agents.

“Mexican drug dealers have reeked havoc on American society far too long,” U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough said in a statement. “This national enforcement action is a significant strike back at these offenders and the citizens of Middle Tennessee can be justly proud that their local and federal agents played a significant role in the case.”

Read more about Project Coronado here

La Familia is a violent drug trafficking cartel based in the state of Michoacan, in southwestern Mexico, where it controls drug manufacturing and distribution, including the importation of vast quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico into the United States.

According to court documents, La Familia is a heavily armed cartel that has utilized violence to support its narcotics trafficking business including murders, kidnappings and assaults. According to one indictment unsealed in New York, associates of La Familia based in the United States have allegedly acquired military-grade weapons, including assault weapons and ammunition, and have arranged for them to be smuggled back into Mexico for use by La Familia.

Individuals indicted in the cases are charged with a variety of crimes, including: conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana; distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana; conspiracy to import narcotics into the United States; money laundering; and other violations of federal law.

On Sept. 30, a grand jury in the Middle District of Tennessee indicted the following 11 individuals and two additional defendants whose names remain under seal, alleging a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine:

Mauricio Orozco-Rios, 25, a/k/a Chapulin a/k/a Flaco a/k/a Guicho;

Francisco Jorge Sepulveda, 26, a/k/a George;

Martin Martinez, 40, a/k/a Martin Martinez-Alvez a/k/a Juve;

Hugo Sepulveda, 23;

Marcos Arriaza Rios, 31;

Sergio Orozco-Rios, 21;

Lourdes Liliana Rios, 24;

Mauricio Beltran Jaimes, 22, a/k/a Neto;

Mandrell Christmon, 31, a/k/a/ Nes;

Renso Noriega, 27, a/k/a Levi; and

Jubercio Rodriguez-Pena, 27, a/k/a Rene.

All of these defendants are in federal custody.

The superseding indictment was under seal until Oct. 20. The defendants face penalties of a minimum of 10 years in prison, with a maximum term of life, a fine of up to $4 million and at least five years of supervised release.

 

11 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 10/23/09 at 6:22

Where did these criminals live, were they here, legal or illegal, plus any other information the public should know about these scumbags!

By: EdNorton2 on 10/23/09 at 7:07

Oh.... No..... God forbid we question our illusterous leaders on immigration status... that would be politically Incorrect,

Give a man a fish, you feed him once.
Teach a man to fish, you feed him forever.

By: HATDADDY on 10/23/09 at 9:11

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
BUILD THE DAMN WALL
PROTECT LEGAL CITIZENS
WHO OBEY AND RESPECT AMERICA
ITS TIME TO KICK SOME BUT .AND TAKE OUR
COUNTRY BACK.......

By: NASHMEX on 10/23/09 at 12:32

I'm Really tired of you ignorant idiots thinking everyone with a spanish name is an illegal alien. Most of the people named here were U.S. Born Citizens and the rest legal residents. Maybe three or four were her illegaly. Take it they were criminals. Don't jump to conclusion everytime you hear a spanish name.

By: HATDADDY on 10/24/09 at 9:33

Fist of all you cant prove that.
And
I didnt see the name JONES OR SMITH OR PETERSON OR PARKER
OR GREGORY OR GREER OR HEAD OR HAWKINS OR WILSON OR
COLE OR JOHNSON OR JENKINS OR DOUGLAS OR EDWARDS OR
ANY OTHER AMERICAN NAME JUST A BUNCH OF LOOSERS THAT NEED TO BE DEPORTED.
if you dont think so take to the streets of Tennessee and take a poll
from real americans that have been living here for years.
by the way are you a legal citizen ?

By: courier37027 on 10/24/09 at 11:25

NASHMEX, I guess you are calling U. S. Attorney Yarbrough an ignorant idiot too? His statement, " Mexican drug dealers have reeked havoc on American society far too long,” I mean, how does Yarbrough know they are Mexicans?

By: abrahamlincoln on 10/25/09 at 8:42

first of all if there illegal send them back where ever the hell they came from, secound alot of the drug used is by the white population so you folks have just as much blame to share for this drug problem and finally I have a spanish last name vasquez born in texas and my father was born in texas and my grandparents were born in texas and I don`t do drugs

By: terry r payne on 10/25/09 at 4:18

nashmex, go back to mexico before my ranger ass boots you there.

By: luvu4everbb on 2/23/10 at 8:17

First off my name is Jennifer. Marcos Arriaza (listed above) is my boyfriend. He is Honduran NOT MEXICAN, his sister also is from Honduras. And a few of the others listed above WERE BORN IN THE UNITED STATES!!! Marcos IS LEGAL! And just because they are listed here does not mean they are guilty! They are being held for investigation. Whoever wrote this is an idiot and has no idea what really went down. There are innocent people as well as their families and children suffering from SOME of the people listed above's wrong doings. Dont comment such hateful things if you don't know the whole story and especially if its really none of your business....

By: sabrina49 on 12/5/10 at 1:23

i agree @ luvu4everbb
my boyfriend is listed above too... and people do things wrong sometimes. But it's true, yea these guys are involved in selling it but most white americans are consuming it. so dont go on like your all saints. my boyfriend is here legally, so dont even start with your "deport them" shit. just beacause they are listed really doesn't mean they are guilty. people shouldnt write thing when they dont know the full story of what happened. shit likes this hurts the people and hurts the families.
to all you dickheads commenting hateful and rude shit your all ignorant. a bunch of them are citizens, unless you know the full extent of what went down, go about your business and **** off.
and the rest of you can suck my *ick!

By: lnoriega on 12/5/10 at 2:22

First of all the REAL Americans were NATIVE Americans. Not all you white folk who claim that this is YOUR land when its not. Im not racist just being brutally honest. I’m not perfect and neither are any of you. none of you know the circumstances that I was in while that happened. I was in a bad state - jobless. I am being accused of many many things. Which are being put under the same charge. When some of us were not in this bs for long. I have just got into it and was trying to find a means out of it. It was my first mistake, and will be my only mistake of this kind. I’m Smarter then that. You are all assuming and falsely judging. Don’t go on like we are all drug users when we are not. I was in a bad time of my life. Im not here illegally. I know what I have done wrong and when the time comes I will take full responsibility of it. Im still here or I would have fled the country.
And on a final note, for all you uneducated people out their go back to school and learn the difference between, Mexicans, Latinos, Hispanics!!