12 Arrested In Alleged Wisconsin Cocaine Conspiracy 4 Defendants Remain at Large
JUN 26 -- (Madison, WI) – In two separate federal indictments, sixteen individuals have been charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine in the Western District of Wisconsin. Of the 16 indicted, 12 defendants were arrested on June 19, 2008 following the execution of 10 federal search warrants in Jefferson, Dodge and Rock Counties. During the search warrants, a total of 2.68 kilogram of cocaine, $109,855.00 in U.S. Currency, three loaded firearms and 11 vehicles were seized. Four defendants remain at large.
The first indictment charges nine residents of Watertown, Wisconsin, which alleges a cocaine distribution conspiracy that operated from August 15, 2007 to June 19, 2008. If convicted, the following individuals charged under the first indictment face a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in a federal prison:
Maximo Pineda-Buenaventura, 25;
The first indictment alleges that the defendants used cellular phones to take orders for cocaine from customers, used cellular phones to direct the distribution of cocaine to customers at various locations in Jefferson and Dodge Counties, used cellular phones to contact individuals to arrange for the delivery of cocaine for resale and used cellular telephones to contact individuals in Mexico to arrange for members of the conspiracy to illegally re-enter the United States. The indictment also alleges that the defendants maintained three residences and a storage locker in Watertown for the purpose of storing cocaine, firearms and proceeds from cocaine sales.
The second indictment alleges a cocaine distribution conspiracy that operated from March 21, 2008 to June 19, 2008. It charges six Watertown residents and a Janesville resident. If convicted, the following persons charged under the second indictment face a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in a federal prison:
Arturo Pineda-Lopez, 22;
The indictment alleges that these defendants used the same three residences and storage locker in Watertown named in the first indictment, as well as a residence in Janesville, for the purpose of storing cocaine, firearms and proceeds from cocaine sales. The indictment further alleges that the defendants used cellular telephones to arrange for the distribution of cocaine and to negotiate the price and quantity of cocaine to be distributed.
“The multiple arrests, drug, gun and asset seizures during this investigation are the result of a successful joint effort with many state and local agencies,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, the Special Agent of DEA’s Chicago Field Division which covers Wisconsin
The indictments and arrests are the result of a 10 month joint investigation dubbed “Operation Whitewater,” which involved the use of court approved wiretaps from February 2008 to June 2008. The agencies involved in the investigation include the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Madison, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Atkinson Police Department, the Jefferson Police Department, Lake Mills Police Department, Johnson Creek Police Department, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Dodge County Drug Task Force, Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, Horicon Police Department, Juneau Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation-Narcotics Bureau. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul W. Connell.
Anyone with information regarding the location of fugitives Angel Ayala-Pineda, Martin Pineda-Pineda, Emmanuel Pineda-Gonzalez, and Celestino Velasquez-Rodriquez may contact the DEA Madison office at 608-264-5111.
The public is reminded that an indictment is an allegation only and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial or by a guilty plea