Drug Enforcement Administration

Houston

Will Glaspy, Special Agent in Charge

August 16, 2018

Contact: Wendell Campbell

Phone Number: (713) 693-3000

Two “Rip Crew” affiliates head to prison

Two “Rip Crew” affiliates head to prison

McALLEN, Texas – Two additional defendants involved with a rip crew responsible for multiple home invasions and carjackings to steal narcotics in Hidalgo County have been ordered to federal prison, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Danny Cano, 31, Mission, pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, while Marlyn Gonzalez, 39, also of Mission, admitted to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Cano to serve 108 months in prison. Gonzalez received a 50-month term of imprisonment. Cano and Gonzalez were further ordered to serve four and three years, respectively, following their prison terms. The court considered the offense and stated that the serious conduct was attributable to greed and a lot of people willing to do anything for money. Judge Alvarez also stated that people in a home and residents in a neighborhood, even those involved in criminal activity themselves, should not be the target of home invasions but rather face justice through the judicial system in place. In particular, the court noted Cano’s involvement in brokering a transaction involving 20 kilograms of cocaine in February 2017 and Gonzalez’s role as a lookout during a February 2016 armed home invasion in Hidalgo involving the theft of more than 10 kilograms of cocaine.

Others who have also pleaded guilty in the conspiracy and are pending sentencing including Antonio Javier Gomez, aka “Little T,” 28; Arturo Vargas, aka “Petu” or "Cholo,” 35; Francisco Javier Montemayor, aka “Fat Boy” or “el Fat” or “Rambo,” 31, and Roberto Lee Rodriguez, aka “el Tio” or “Pica,”  39, all of Mission; Mexican nationals Miguel Marin Cerda, aka “Tigre,” 30; Jose Garcia-De La Torre, aka “Coco,” 22; Carlos Guadalupe Aquino-Pacheco, aka “Tomy,” 20; Alfredo Avalos-Sanchez, aka “Chore,” 26; Gustavo Angel DeLeon-Covarrubias, aka “Tripa,” 19; Jose Arturo Reyes-Sanchez, aka “Gordo,” 19; Cesar Alejandro Tovar-Guillen, aka “Nucho” or “el Sobrino,” 31; and Juan Antonio Flores, 27, of Weslaco.

Cano and Gonzalez will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Crime Lab, and police departments in McAllen, Pharr, San Juan, Mission and Palmview. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Roberto Lopez, Jr. and K. Alejandra Andrade prosecuted the case.

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