News Release
March 19, 2010
Contact: Will Taylor
Number: 312-886-2597

Seventeen Charged Federally in Milwaukee with
Drug Conspiracy and Money Laundering

MAR 19--United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced on March 16, 2010, that seventeen (17) individuals had been charged in a criminal complaint with various drug-trafficking and money laundering offenses.

The defendants were identified as: Ruben Gaona (28), Asencion Gaona (30), Jaime Alarcon (30), David Villalobos (40), Sergio A. Garcia Dorantes (25), Faustino Jaramillo-Ugarte (24), Maria Jaramillo (28), Maria E. Alarcon (30), Delores Reyes Kennedy (46), Aracely Gaona (24), Maricela Gaona (27), Gricel Solis (26), Miriam Salas (29), Cynthia G. Reyes-DeReyes (28), Juan Reyes (26), Norma Bautista (26), and Soccorro Lopez (29).

On March 16, 2010, law enforcement officers from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Internal Revenue Service (IRS); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); United States Marshals Service; Texas Department of Public Safety, El Paso, Texas Office; and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety arrested sixteen of the seventeen defendants. Defendant Sergio Garcia Dorantes was arrested on March 17, 2010.

The complaint alleges that many of the defendants regularly transported multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine and marijuana from El Paso, Texas, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The complaint alleges that to promote the drug conspiracy, particular defendants wired and transported the cash proceeds back to Texas.

According to United States Attorney James L. Santelle, “These charges are the result of an aggressive, multi-state, coordinated approach to eradicate drug trafficking organizations from the streets of Milwaukee down to + and across + the border. Anyone who assists these organizations, whether through selling or transporting drugs or laundering their money, will be held accountable.” United States Attorney Santelle specifically commended all of the participating agencies for their cooperation and hard work on this investigation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gail J. Hoffman. Many of the defendants, if convicted, face between 10 years and life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000 and 5 years to life on supervised release

Members of the public are reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. Each defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government will have the burden of proving his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.