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August 23, 2017
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Federal and state authorities arrest total of 38 individuals based on San Antonio federal drug trafficking indictments

AUG 23 (SAN ANTONIO, Texas) - This morning, federal, state and local authorities arrested a dozen individuals without incident, including San Antonio Eastside-based ringleader Donavin Sanchez, on federal drug charges stemming from a heroin and methamphetamine trafficking investigation announced DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division, Steven Whipple, United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.; and, Texas Department of Safety Director Steve McCraw. Below is a complete list of defendants resulting from this investigation.

Since June 2017, a federal grand jury in San Antonio has returned three (3) indictments charging 38 individuals in connection with this investigation.  The indictments, including the latest one which was unsealed today, charges all 38 defendants with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  Several of the defendants face additional charge(s), namely, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Upon conviction, the defendants face sentences of either up to 20 years in federal prison, between 5 and 40 years in federal prison, or up to life in federal prison depending on the amount of heroin or methamphetamine involved.

According to the indictments, the defendants were allegedly involved in a scheme to distribute narcotics, namely methamphetamine, heroin and other opioids, in San Antonio.  During this investigation, authorities have seized approximately six (6) kilograms of heroin, 14.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, three firearms, and approximately $182,000 in U.S. Currency attributed to this organization.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our communities. DEA, and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in San Antonio and throughout Texas, remain vigilant in our pursuit of drug trafficking organizations who threaten our community safety. These arrests send a strong and unified message that these crimes will not be tolerated in our communities and those who commit these offenses will be brought to justice,” stated DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Steve Whipple.

“Organized crime and drug trafficking are a serious threat to public safety in Texas, and DPS vigilantly works alongside our law enforcement partners to detect, deter and dismantle drug trafficking organizations operating in our communities,” said DPS Regional Commander Freeman Martin. “This long-term investigation is an ideal example of how law enforcement at all levels works together to put criminals behind bars and protect Texans.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration—San Antonio Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety conducted this investigation together with the Seguin Police Department, Castle Hills Police Department, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, and San Antonio Police Department.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

U.S. v. Donavin Sanchez, et al. SA17cr633 * denotes already in custody prior to today

Name                                       Age                 Residence         Arrest Date                   Counts
Donavin Sanchez                      23                    San Antonio    8.23.17                         1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Edwin Jiminez                          62                    San Antonio     8.23.17                        1
John Sallin                               47                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                     1
Edward Alejandro                     30                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                     1
Melissa Carrera                         39                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                      1,2,6,7,8
Roger Troy Sanchez                  25                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                     1
Chenille Lujan                          84                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                     1
Michelle Sallin                         23                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                     1,3,5
Alexander Nichols                    26                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                     1,4,5
Marko Cadena                          21                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                     1,9
Kenneth Dickens                      60                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                     1
Conception Segura                    30                    San Antonio     8.23.17                                     1
*Luis Antonio Rodriguez          32                    San Antonio     8.4.17                           1,10

U.S. v. Christian Gallegos, et al. SA17cr507
*Christian Gallegos                   28                    San Antonio     6.2.17                           1,3,4
*Edgar Portales                         24                    San Antonio     6.29.17                                     1,2,3,4
*Irene Portales                          28                    San Antonio     6.29.17                                     1
*Crystal DeLaGarza                  25                    San Antonio     6.29.17                                     1
*Yoan Loya-Morales                 35                    San Antonio     6.2.17                           1,3,4
*Larry Ozuna                           26                    San Antonio     6.2.17                           1,3,4
*Roberto Gonzalez                    34                    San Antonio     6.29.17                                     1,2
*Adrian Dominguez                  20                    San Antonio     6.29.17                                     1
*Issac Cardenas                        27                    San Antonio     7.17.17                                     1
*Paul Chacon                           46                    San Antonio     6.29.17                                     1
*Alberto Otenco-Ramos            34                    San Antonio     6.2.17                           1

 

U.S. v. Mike Flores, Jr., et al. SA17cr632
*Mike Flores, Jr.                       45                    San Antonio     8.3.17                           1,2,4,5,8,9
*Oscar Llanes                           46                    San Antonio     8.17.17                                     1,4,5
*Genaro Requejo                      61                    San Antonio     7.26.17                                     1,4,5,6,7
*Richard Pierce                         48                    San Antonio     8.17.17                                     1
*Robert Solis                            54                    San Antonio     8.17.17                                     1
*Ricardo Hernandez                  69                    San Antonio     8.17.17                                     1
*Adolfo Cruz                            42                    San Antonio     8.17.17                                     1,4,5
*Joe Anthony Valenzuela         37                    San Antonio     7.20.17                                     1,2,3
*Christina Maciel                     35                    San Antonio     8.17.17                                     1
*Pedro Martinez-Espinoza         32                    San Antonio     8.17.17                                     1,4,5
*Leonidas Ortiz                        27                    San Antonio     7.29.17                                     1,4,5,8
*Joseph John Molina                38                    San Antonio     7.29.17                                     1,8
*Charles Ortiz                          49                    San Antonio     8.3.17                           1,10
*Pedro Requejo                         68                    San Antonio     8.3.17                           1,9


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