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12 East Texans arrested for federal drug trafficking charges

12 East Texans arrested for federal drug trafficking charges

POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 4:11pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 4:42pm

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Monday, 16 individuals have been arrested following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas.

On December 10, 2013, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began arresting individuals named in a federal indictment returned by a grand jury on November 20, 2013. There were 16 arrested all together with 12 being from East Texas.

The indictment charges the following individuals with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana in the Eastern District of Texas:

  • MONICA HENSLEY, 35, of Longview
  • GUILLERMO ORTIZ-PINEDA, a/k/a "The General," 38, of Houston
  • MIRIAM REYES, 41, of Houston
  • JUVENCIO DUQUE, 53, of Dallas
  • ALEJANDRO HERNANDEZ, 46, of Irving, Texas
  • IVAN SANCHEZ, 21, of Tyler,
  • JONHYAYALA, 34, of Tyler
  • JESUS BOTELLO, 34, of Tyler
  • GUADALUPE CUARENTA, 48, of Tyler
  • SERGIO MOJICA, 30, of Tyler
  • LUIS GARCIA-AGUIRRE, 32, of Tyler
  • IRERI PINEDA, xx, of Tyler

The defendants will appear today in federal court for initial appearances. If convicted, the defendants face from 10 years to life in federal prison.

This case is the result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) joint investigation. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

In August 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tyler Task Force, in conjunction with multiple law enforcement agencies, initiated an OCDETF investigation into a crystal methamphetamine trafficking organization based in the East Texas area with direct ties to Mexico. The organization also distributes cocaine and marijuana. This 16 month investigation involved extensive surveillance and innovative investigative techniques. Several sources of supply for crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana were identified during the course of the investigation. To date, law enforcement officials have seized multiple pounds of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. Officers have also seized more than $158,000 cash, multiple weapons, vehicles, and real property.

“Today’s enforcement operations are indicative of the DEA’s commitment to rid our communities of drug trafficking organizations determined to profit on the backs of addiction,” said the DEA Dallas Division’s Special Agent in Charge Daniel R. Salter. “Citizens in East Texas can rest assured that the DEA and our law enforcement partners are determined to ensure that Tyler and its surrounding communities remain safe and a great place to live. The success of this investigation is an outstanding example of our law enforcement community’s resolve and determination.”

The DEA Task Force in Tyler includes officers from the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson Police Department, Kilgore Police Department, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, as well as DEA Special Agents.

Other agencies assisting in the joint investigation include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Department of Public Safety (DPS), Kilgore Police Department, Longview Police Department, Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.


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So glad to get some of these scumm bags off the streets of East Texas but there are 1000's more just like them . Thank you to our law enforcement officials that handle this case well done.

More of Obummers precious illegals. Our troops need to be here protecting our country and our borders instead of protecting other countries oil and rebuilding it from the ground up. We take care of other countries, but not our own, what a joke.

And look all the names re mexican wow who would've thunk it

God answers prayer! Did anyone else notice they are all Mexicans? Good work, DEA!

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