News Release
November 14, 2006

Four Arrested on Drug Distribution Charges
Seven Kilograms of Cocaine and a Loaded Handgun Seized

NOV 14 -- Worcester, MA... An undercover investigation resulted in the arrest on Saturday, November 11, 2006, of four individuals for conspiring to distribute cocaine following a meeting to which they brought seven kilograms of cocaine to be sold to two undercover officers.

      June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England, United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan;and Mark F. Leonard, Chief of the Marlborough Massachusetts Police Department, announced that BENITO ROBLES, age 28, of Worcester, and JOSE LARIOS, age 33, JULIO AGRON, age 22, and MIGUEL MAYORAL, age 22, all of Fitchburg, were charged in a criminal complaint with conspiring to distribute 7 kilograms of cocaine.

      According to the affidavit filed in support of the Complaint, it is alleged that the DEA’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force began conducting an investigation in October 2006, into the distribution of cocaine in the Worcester area.  It is alleged that in early November 2006, ROBLES negotiated with an undercover agent posing as a drug purchaser to sell the undercover agent 11 kilograms of cocaine at a price of $21,500 per kilogram.  ROBLES later reported that he could obtain only seven kilograms and arranged to deliver them to the undercover agent at a hotel in Leominster on November 11, 2006.  According to the affidavit, on that date, ROBLES and his three co-defendants went to the hotel in Leominster.  Surveillance agents saw LARIOS, who was accompanying ROBLES and AGRON, carry into the hotel room a bag containing the seven kilograms of cocaine.  Meanwhile MAYORAL conducted surveillance outside the hotel.  When the undercover agent met with ROBLES and LARIOS to take delivery, agents moved in and arrested them. At the same time agents also arrested AGRON and MAYORAL who had been sitting in a vehicle outside the hotel during the meeting.  Upon a search of AGRON incident to his arrest, it is alleged that a loaded 9 mm handgun was found on his person.

      The four defendants appeared in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy S. Hillman.  All four defendants remain in federal custody pending a probable cause and detention hearing scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 2:30 pm.  If convicted, each of the defendants faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment up to up to life imprisonment, to be followed by a minimum of 5 years up to life of supervised release, and a $4 million fine.

      The case was investigated by the members of the DEA’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force in Worcester, and the Marlborough Police Department.  Agents were assisted in making the arrests by the DEA Mobile Enforcement Team, the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit and the North Worcester County Drug Task Force.