Four Indicted For Role In Marijuana Conspiracy
APR 23 -- (Louisville, KY) - A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment against Edmundo Alderete-Portillo, age 49, of Los Negalos, Chihuahua, Mexico; Rigoberto Ochoa-Pena, age 47, of 614 Wisconsin Street, Columbus, New Mexico; Yvette Ochoa, age 26, of 8206 West Superior Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona and Ernesto Rojas, age 41 of 1287 Morgan Mary, El Paso, Texas, on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana. Rojas is also charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.
The Indictment alleges that between March 29, 2008 and April 4, 2008, all named defendants engaged in a conspiracy to sell over 600 pounds of marijuana in Louisville. On March 29, 2008, Yvette Ochoa contacted a confidential informant to inquire as to whether the informant would be willing to purchase a large shipment of marijuana that was to arrive in Louisville in the near future. The informant advised the authorities, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration utilized an undercover agent to pose as a purchaser of a large portion of the shipment.
On March 30, 2008, Yvette Ochoa, Rigoberto Ochoa-Pena and Edmundo Alderete-Portillo arrived in Louisville to assist in the distribution of the shipment. For the next four days, the conspirators awaited arrival of a truck containing the marijuana. On April 4, 2008, the shipment arrived in Louisville. The marijuana was contained in the trailer of a semi truck being driven by Ernesto Rojas. When authorities searched the truck, they discovered approximately 780 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the drugs was approximately $520,000.
Edmundo Alderete-Portillo was in the United States legally but will most likely be deported if convicted.
In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are 40 years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of life; and the minimum potential penalties are 5 years imprisonment, and supervised release for a period of 4 years.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rob Bonar, and it was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Alderete-Portillo, Ochoa-Pena, Ochoa and Rojas are scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on May 20, 2008, at 9:30 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.
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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.