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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two Dallas Men for Distributing Large Amounts of Heroin in North Texas

FEB 24 (DALLAS) - A federal grand jury in Dallas returned an indictment yesterday charging Reyes Alvarez, 32, and Pedro Calixto, 27, both of Dallas with one count each of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.  The indictment was by Clyde E. Shelley, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Dallas Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

A date and time for their arraignment has not been set yet.

According to documents filed in the case, in January 2017, Alvarez and Calixto worked together to distribute large amounts of heroin in the Dallas area.

Specifically, on January 26, 2017, the investigation revealed Alvarez and Calixto drove to a gym, and while en route, Calixto received a call asking if he could sell a kilogram of heroin.  Following several calls, Calixto agreed to deliver a kilogram of heroin. 

Calixto and Alvarez left the gymnasium and returned to an apartment at Kiest and Polk.  A short time later, the two left the apartment and drove south toward the area of Red Bird Lane and South Polk Street in South Dallas. 

A Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped the vehicle occupied by Alvarez and Calixto for having an expired buyer’s license plate. Alvarez presented a fraudulent California Driver’s license, and the officer noted that the vehicle smelled of freshly burnt marijuana. 

The officers asked Alvarez and Calixto to step out of the vehicle.  Officers searched the vehicle and found a kilogram of heroin under the passenger seat where Calixto had been seating.  A field test of the heroin yielded a positive result for the presence of heroin.

A federal indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury, and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.  If convicted, however, each count in the indictment carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and 10,000,000 fine. 

The matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Dallas Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanna Etessam is in charge of the prosecution.

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