Drug conspiracy network arrests


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News release from the U.S. Attorney, Northern District:

Multiple Arrests Made in Drug Distribution Conspiracy

(August 10, 2016) – United States Attorney David A. Capp announced five indictments and six criminal complaints against 18 individuals allegedly involved in a large-scale drug distribution network. This network involved the movement of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin in a geographic area encompassing Fort Wayne to Elkhart and South Bend, Indiana.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers, beginning yesterday morning, arrested 17 of the named individuals. One is a fugitive at this time. In addition, law enforcement officers executed 20 federal search warrants in conjunction with this investigation.

The principal indictment alleges a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin against the following, all from Fort Wayne:

  • Jose C. Razo, age 43; also charged with maintaining 2720 Winter St., Ft. Wayne as a drug distribution place and eight specific alleged distributions;
  • Carlos Silva-Ponce, age 39; also charged with maintaining 2720 Winter St. as a drug distribution place and two specific alleged distributions;
  • Patricia S. Quinones, age 48;
  • Samuel J. Gemple, age 48;
  • Marco A. Garcia, age 29, and
  • Allan C. Chiprez-Garcia, age 20.

In addition, other indictments were returned against:

  • Baltazar Fernandez, age 44, Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute cocaine;
  • Juan M. Gonzalez, age 33, Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine;
  • Frederick Moore, age 42, Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine and with maintaining 2526 Baywood Trail, Ft. Wayne as a drug distribution place; arrested yesterday in South Dakota;
  • Javier Orozco, age 28, Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute heroin; currently a fugitive, anyone with information as to his whereabouts should contact the FBI;
  • Edy A. Montoya-Echeverria, age 34, Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute heroin, and
  • Larmondo Watts, age 44, Fort Wayne; possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

In addition to the above indictments, federal criminal complaints were issued for the following individuals:

  • Jesus Montes-Perez, age 47, Fort Wayne; distribution of methamphetamine;
  • Rene A. Del-Rio Salazar, age 30, South Bend; distribution of cocaine;
  • Fernando G. Garcia, age 30, Fort Wayne; distribution of heroin;
  • Carlos Prado, age 36, Fort Wayne; distribution of methamphetamine;
  • Jonathan A. Galindo, age 25, Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute cocaine along with using a telephone to facilitate distribution, and
  • Enrique Cordova Campos, age 41, Elkhart, conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Federal search warrants were executed at the following addresses
(Also available – map of locations)

  • 3033 Winter Street, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 2720 Winter Street, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 2808 Taylor Street, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 2715 Hoagland Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 2724 Winter Street, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 2311 Whitmore Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 50773 CR 11, Elkhart, IN;
  • 1331 Ebeling Drive, South Bend, IN;
  • 8711 Voyager Drive, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 2526 Baywood Trail, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 205 West Wallace Street, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 9723 Tumbleweed Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 9525 Woodstream Dr., Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 1135 Eliza Street, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 13814 Piedmont Cove, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 2531 Sandpoint Road, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 4005 Reed Street, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 1112 Wabash Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN;
  • 1714 South Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN, and
  • 4501 Smith Street, Fort Wayne, IN.

This investigation was directed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force (FWSSTF). Partners in the FBI FWSSTF are the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, and the Indiana State Police. In addition, the FBI FWSSTF was assisted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshal’s Service, Elkhart Police Department, and the South Bend Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony Geller and Stacey Speith.

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasized that an Indictment or Complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


Related weblink:

  • Map of properties raided, as announced 8/10/2016


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