Brownsville men charged with drug trafficking and money laundering
POSTED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 4:15am
UPDATED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 5:10am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Several individuals have been taken into custody after two separate, but related federal indictments, were unsealed in federal court on allegations of drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
The indictment, dated Aug, 28, 2013, was unsealed on Thursday, September 12th after the arrests of Roberto Ruiz aka “Bobby,” 37, Mario Enrique de la Fuente, 36, Leonel Mendoza Diaz aka “Masacuata,” 39, and Jose Luis Guerrero aka “Pana,” 40, all of Brownsville.
They are expected to make an appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge, in Corpus Christi, on Friday. Rodolfo Ruiz Jr. aka “Pollo,” 25, also of Brownsville, is charged in the indictment and is wanted by authorities.
Additional, Peter Morales aka “Pirucha,” 30, of Houston, and Ricardo Roberto Olivas aka “Bugs,” 41, of Brownsville, have been charged and are in state custody awaiting to be arraigned at a later date.
All of them are charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine from Jan. 1, 2005 to Aug. 28, 2013. In addition, Roberto Ruiz, Rodolfo Ruiz, de la Fuente and Guerrero are accused of laundering the proceeds.
In the second indictment, dated Sept. 11, and unsealed on Thursday, Ricardo Estrada aka “Ricky,” 30, and Alfredo Reyes Jr., 32, both of Brownsville, are charged with possessing and intent to distribute 11.06 kilograms of cocaine. Estrada was taken into custody while Reyes is currently considered a fugitive.
Anyone with information about Reyes and Rodolfo Ruiz whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-877-WANTED2 (1-877-926-8332).
The investigation into these indictments are being conducted through a joint effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Customs and Border Protection, Texas Department of Public Safety, Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, Cameron and Willacy County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Brownsville, Port Isabel, Harlingen and San Benito Police Departments. The cases will be prosecuted in Corpus Christi by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hess.