Alleged Drug Traffickers Indicted
PHILADELPHIA - A superseding indictment filed August 21, 2013, was unsealed today charging Joseph Torres, 31, Bertin Sanchez, 29, Euddy Izquierdo, 31, and Frank Felix-Herrera, 49, all of Philadelphia, with membership in a conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. All four defendants are charged as members of a conspiracy that allegedly distributed more than 500 kilograms of heroin produced by a Mexico-based heroin distribution organization. The drugs were sold and distributed in Philadelphia between the Spring of 2010 and July 19, 2013. Torres and Sanchez are further charged with possession with intent to distribute, and aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute 12 kilos of heroin, which was seized from the organization’s heroin stash house located at 3901 City Line Avenue. Izquierdo is charged with possession to distribute 21 kilos of heroin; and Felix-Herrera is charged with possession with intent to distribute 2 kilos of heroin.
The indictment further charges that defendant Torres coordinated and supervised the transportation and delivery from Mexico to Philadelphia where he oversaw distribution of kilogram quantities of heroin by defendant Sanchez. Torres also allegedly collected and supervised the storage, transportation and laundering of drug proceeds for the organization, accounted to the leaders of the organization, and ensured that drug proceeds were laundered transmitted, and transported to the leadership in Mexico using various money laundering techniques. It is further charged that Sanchez received, arranged and supervised the storage and distribution of kilogram to multi-kilogram quantities of heroin distributed by the Mexico-based organization’s Philadelphia distributors. It is alleged that at the time of defendant Sanchez’s arrest on July 19, 2013, Sanchez had recently distributed approximately 39 kilograms of heroin for the organization and was awaiting cash payments from Philadelphia area heroin distributors.
The indictment also alleges that defendant Izquierdo and Felix-Herrera served as distributors for the Mexico-based heroin trafficking organization and was responsible for the distribution of kilogram to multi-kilogram quantities of heroin in the Philadelphia area. At the time of Izquierdo’s arrest, he was found in possession of $105,118.56 representing alleged drug proceeds. The indictment further charges that Izquierdo also coordinated the transfer of heroin from Mexico and Chicago, Illinois to the Philadelphia region, using vehicles with concealed compartments intended for carrying drugs and drug proceeds.
According to the indictment, at the time of Torres’ arrest on July 19, 2013, at an apartment at 7801 Roosevelt Boulevard, agents found $19,319 in alleged drug proceeds, as well as a smashed electronic money counter and a heat sealer used in the packaging of drug proceeds. In addition, Torres was found to be in possession of a black Saturn automobile which contained a hidden, electronically controlled compartment that contained $89,920 in United States currency.
If convicted of all charges, each of the defendants faces a maximum penalty of life in prison with a mandatory minimum term of 10 years, at least five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $20 million.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph T. Labrum, III. An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.