News Release
December 10, 2007

Twenty-Four Defendants Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

DEC 10 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment on December 3, 2007, on December 3, 2007, against the following individuals: Alfred Rivas-Lopez, age 28, of 5632 West Virginia Avenue, Phoenix, AZ; Julio Rivas, age unknown, of Phoenix, AZ; Byron Mayes, age 32, of 434 North 38th Street and 17405 Curry Branch Road, Louisville, KY; Dominique Kemp, age 26, of 1314 South 36th Street, Louisville, KY; Luis Arenas-Sanchez, age 27, of 2341 North Tripp Avenue, Chicago, IL; Murrel Belmar, age 32, of 2302 Allston Avenue, Louisville, KY; Kwmane Chester Berry, age 33, of 1315 South 36th Street, Louisville, KY; Ricky Brown a/k/a Primo, age 30, of 621 Harrison Avenue Louisville, KY; Adan Omar Chaparro-Mariscal, age 30, address unknown; Robert Oscar Edwards, age 32, of 4401 Sunset Avenue, Louisville, KY; Antonio Garcia-Lopez a/k/a Antonio Garcia-Vega, age 32, of 3302 West 65th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ; Camilo Garcia-Rivera, age 30, address unknown; Ignacio Gonzalez-Jimenez, age 25, address unknown; Rita Martin, age 42, of 769 South Shelby Street, Louisville, KY; Louis Richards, age 25, of 2546 St. Xavier Street, Louisville, KY; Paula Roberts, age 44, of 2519 Cedar Street, Louisville, KY; Cody Ruff, age 22, of 3702 Luken Drive, Louisville, KY; Gary Deshon Silver, age 31, of 1426 South 32nd Street, Louisville, KY; Samantha Turner, age 20, of 11100 Harrods Creek Court, Louisville, KY; Jesus Vega-Parra, age 25, address unknown; Stephen Matthew Wells, age 33, of 11416 Tazwell Drive, Louisville, KY; Jovan Tobias Williams a/k/a Baz, age 30, of 118 North Longworth Avenue, Louisville, KY; Deldrick Antwan Woods a/k/a Dez, age 28, of 2227 Osage Avenue, Louisville, KY; and Eric Wise a/k/a Muncie, M-Dog, age unknown, of Atlanta, GA. Arenas-Sanchez, Chaparro-Mariscal, Garcia-Lopez, Garcia-Rivera, Gonzalez-Jimenez and Vega-Parra are illegal aliens who are subject to deportation. The defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 5 kilograms or more of crack cocaine from July to November 2007, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

The Indictment alleges that from on or about and between July 31, 2007 and November 20, 2007, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, the above-named individuals knowingly conspired with

each other and with others to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.

As a part of the investigation which lead to this indictment, law enforcement executed search warrants at several locations throughout Louisville. A search warrant was executed at 11100 Harrods Creek Court where six kilograms of cocaine having a street value of approximately $600,000.00 was seized. The cocaine had been hidden in the drive shaft of a pickup truck. Also seized at this residence was a large amount of cash. A search warrant was executed at 12000 Old Henry Road where used vehicle drive shafts and metal sleeves were seized from the garage. Also seized were two money counters, digital scales, and a large amount of cash, slightly less than half of which had been hidden in the drive shaft of another pickup truck. A search warrant was executed at 2519 Cedar Street where several kilogram cocaine wrappers in a distinct can shape were seized along with digital scales, a spoon, a measuring cup, a box of baggies, two boxes of baking soda and a pair of rubber gloves. All of these items were found together within two shoe boxes. A search warrant was executed at 1314 South 36th Street where digital scales and four ounces of cocaine having a street value of approximately $11,340.00 were seized.

In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are life imprisonment, an $8,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least 10 years; and the minimum potential penalties are 10 years imprisonment and at least 5 years supervised release.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura L. Hall, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Louisville Metro Police Department, with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

All of the defendants are scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on December 20, 2007, at 9:30 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.

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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.