News Release
July 27, 2007
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

Two Men Arrested In Alleged Colombian Heroin Conspiracy
Kilogram Of Heroin Seized From Chicago Residence

Colombian heroin recovered during federal search warrant at 2911 N. Parkside Avenue, Chicago.
Colombian heroin recovered during federal search warrant at 2911 N. Parkside Avenue, Chicago.

JUL 27 -- (Chicago) Two men have been arrested and charged federally on charges of conspiring to distribute, and to possess with the intent to distribute, heroin. The men were arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) during an undercover operation to purchase approximately 2 kilograms of Colombian heroin. Arrested on July 26, 2007 were Fernelly Llanos and an individual who identified himself in court yesterday as “Oscar Masquera.” A subsequent search of “Masquera’s” residence, 2911 North Parkside Avenue, in Chicago, resulted in the seizure of approximately one kilogram of heroin. Both men appeared before US Magistrate Martin C. Ashman for initial appearances and are currently in federal custody.

“In light of the dangerous history heroin has had in Chicago, these arrests and the amount of heroin seized is significant,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division. “Although the investigation continues, we will do all we can and work with the United States Attorney’s Office to ensure the prosecution and conviction of all the individuals involved with smuggling and distributing heroin into the city of Chicago.”

At the time of his arrest, “Masquera” gave agents the name of John Doe. It is alleged that he also uses the alias’ of “Pedro Malave,” “Oscar Mosquero,” “Robert,” “Roberth,” and “Robert.”

A bond hearing for Llanos and “Masquera” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, at 3:00 pm before US Magistrate Ashman. The investigation is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maribel Fernandez-Harvath.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

A photograph of the heroin seized is available via e-mail for the media.