News Release
November 2, 2007
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

Indiana Courts Get Serious With Methamphetamine Traffickers
Seven People Sentenced on Federal Distribution Charges

NOV 2 -- (Indianapolis, IN) – Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago Field Division, along with Timothy M. Morrison, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced today the sentencing of seven defendants on charges of distribution of methamphetamine. The sentencings are the result of two separate federal investigations.

One of the investigations involved six defendants in a methamphetamine trafficking organization responsible for distributing approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine per week in the Indianapolis area from October, 2006 through January 22, 2007. The four month investigation by the DEA and Indiana State Police revealed that Christian MENDEZ was a high level methamphetamine distributor for the organization. Luis ALBERTO-GONZALEZ was a drug courier for the organization who drove from Indianapolis to Whiting, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois up to two times a week to obtain methamphetamine for distribution. Melissa GIBSON was a lower-level distributor for the organization, who distributed methamphetamine in the Mooresville area. The source for the methamphetamine was Javier VILLA-ALVARADO. Ramiro OLVERA, served as a “drug runner”, and Edgar BOYZO-BERNAL was a mid level distributor for the organization.

“The sentencings of these defendants is a message to criminals that we take methamphetamine trafficking very seriously in the Southern District of Indiana,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Chicago Field Division which covers Indiana. “The DEA will continue working with our law enforcement partners to bring solid investigations like this one to the US Attorney’s Office for prosecution.”

Each of the defendants received the following sentences from U.S. District Judge John D. Tinder following their guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine:

Christian MENDEZ, 21, Indianapolis, Indiana, 168 months imprisonment
Luis ALBERTO-GONZALEZ, 26, Indianapolis, Indiana, 135 months imprisonment
Melissa GIBSON, 28, Mooresville, Indiana, 62 months imprisonment
Javier VILLA-ALVARADO, 28, Whiting, Indiana, 168 months imprisonment
Edgar BOYZO-BERNAL, 24, Indianapolis, Indiana, 120 months imprisonment
Ramiro OLVERA, 18, Indianapolis, Indiana, 120 months imprisonment

Sentenced in another federal methamphetamine investigation was Arturo FIGUEROA-SALAS. This investigation by the DEA and Metropolitan Drug Task Force (MDTF) revealed that FIGUEROA-SALAS was the source for an undercover purchase of four ounces methamphetamine. FIGUEROA-SALAS, 36 of Indianapolis, Indiana, entered a guilty plea to distribution of methamphetamine and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton to 151 months imprisonment.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Bradley Blackington, who prosecuted both investigations, FIGUEROA-SALAS, BOYZO-BERNAL and VILLA-ALVARADO are all in the United States illegally and will be deported to Mexico following their terms of imprisonment.