Authorities say that at least half of the suspects apprehended in a major drug bust last month in Cincinnati were in the United States illegally.
Federal authorities say Armando Reyes-Cortez, Annel Reyes-Valdes and Armando Gonzalez-Rosas — all illegal aliens — were part of a large heroin trafficking operation in the Cincinnati area, engaging in a conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 1,000 grams of heroin.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones told Ingraham that this was the fourth big drug bust in the area.
“They had thousands of hits of heroin, cocaine, guns … thousands of dollars,” Jones said, adding that drugs are “destroying” the community.
“Over 200 are gonna die this year with heroin overdoses. We’ve had babies born in our jail — the last one was born in the toilet — all addicted to heroin that’s coming from Mexico,” Jones said. “It’s destroying us.”
He called on lawmakers on Capitol Hill to stop bickering and give law enforcement the resources they need to combat the drug epidemic caused by illegal aliens.
“We need help from our government. We need our government to come in and do some workplace enforcement. We need to send a message,” Jones said. “We have a real poor governor here — Gov. Kasich — who encourages all these people to come in to the state of Ohio. He calls it an act of love.”
The group used an Oxford farm where Santos and Reyes lived as a stash for drugs and proceeds, according to an affidavit. Monroy-Cuadros supplied the drugs and Reyes-Valdes wired proceeds to Mexico, WCPO reports.
Earlier this month, state troopers discovered more than $132,000 in a vehicle, including more than $50,000 authorities believe was delivered by Monroy-Cuadros. A few weeks later, Butler County deputies stopped Monroy-Cuadros and found $10,000 in a plastic bag.
Agents learned that Monroy-Cuadros was taking a bus from Chicago to Mexico. He was arrested in Dallas when police there stopped the bus.
Authorities searched the Oxford farm and a home in Fairfield the next day. They found several firearms “strategically located as if for defense against home invasion” and 300 grams of heroin, as well as money transfer receipts.
In a related raid, authorities say seven people have been indicted in the takedown of a heroin trafficking ring that stretched from Arizona to Ohio.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the indictments by a state grand jury in the case Thursday.
The defendants include Gabino Viramontes, Maurice Hawks, Catalina Barrera-Cruz, Ana Cabanillas, Maria Duron, Humberto Villanueva, and Mayra Villanueva.
Bronovich says the defendants were indicted on 68 counts including sale of a narcotic drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, money laundering, fraudulent schemes and artifices, forgery, illegally conducting an enterprise and illegal control of an enterprise.
The charges are based on an investigation by the FBI’s Phoenix Field Division into heroin trafficking from Tucson to Ohio.
Agents allegedly found large amounts of heroin, cocaine and testosterone at a home.
The defendants also are accused of laundering more than $650,000 in cash to conceal income and fraudulently obtain food stamps and medical coverage.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
February 14th, 2018