FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2006
grand jury charges six with drug-trafficking offenses
A federal grand
jury has returned three indictments charging six men with drug-trafficking
offenses. All six defendants are in state or federal custody.
June Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Office of
the Drug Enforcement Administration and United States Attorney Robert Clark
Corrente and, jointly announced the indictments, which the grand jury returned
on June 7 in U.S. District Court, Providence.
One indictment charges Oscar R. Sandoval-Espana, also known as Eddie Alberto
Ramos, of Pawtucket, and Manual A. Mendez-Herasme, address unknown, with possessing
with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on May 25.
In another indictment, the grand jury alleges that, between December 2005 and
May 27, Ancelmo A. Castillo, age and address unknown, and Roberto E. Olivo,
43, of Providence, conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute
one kilogram or more of heroin.
The third indictment charges Sandy Baez and Manuel Alberto Nogueira-Reico,
ages and addresses unknown, with two charges: conspiring to distribute and
distributing 100 grams or more of heroin on May 10. It also charges Baez with
assaulting a Drug Enforcement Administration agent on the same day.
An indictment is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent
unless and until proven guilty. Upon conviction, the penalty for possessing
with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine or one kilogram
ore more of heroin is 10 years to life imprisonment and a $4,000,000 fine.
The maximum penalty for conspiracy to distribute heroin and distributing heroin
is 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine. The maximum penalty for assaulting
a federal law enforcement officer is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the DEA Task Force investigated the