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News Release
September 30, 2005

Indictments Resulting from One of Largest Cocaine Seizures in Memphis

SEP 30-- Memphis, TN - Andrew Dimond, Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Memphis Resident Office and Lawrence J. Laurenzi , Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the filing of two indictments based on one of the largest recent seizures of cocaine in Memphis, TN.

These charges result from an undercover operation conducted by DEA agents and Task Force Officers on September 27 and 28, 2005. On September 27, 2005, DANIEL LOPEZ was arrested after approximately eight kilograms of cocaine were seized after LOPEZ delivered drugs during a sales transaction. In a related case based on further investigation, the following defendants were arrested the following day, SAUL GAMBOA, EDUARDO GAMBOA, BIANCA RODRIGUEZ, and DANIZ GARCIA. In connection with these arrests, the agents seized approximately 98 kilograms of cocaine . Both drug seizures and all the arrests occurred in Memphis.

On September 29, 2005, a federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of Tennessee returned two indictments. One indictment charged DANIEL LOPEZ with possessing and distributing the eight kilograms of cocaine. The other indictment charged SAUL GAMBOA, EDUARDO GAMBOA, BIANCA RODRIGUEZ, and DANIZ GARCIA with possessing with the intent to distribute the approximately 98 kilograms of cocaine.

The penalties for the offenses charged in these indictments are a minimum prison term of ten years, a maximum prison term of life, a maximum $4,000,000 fine, and a term of at least five years of supervised release. If a defendant has one prior drug felony conviction, the minimum prison term is increased to 20 years and the maximum fine is increased to an $8,000,000 fine, and the minimum term of supervised release is increased to ten years. If a defendant has two or more prior drug felony convictions, the minimum prison term is life.

The cases initiated through these indictments are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Henry, with the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

These cases were investigated by the DEA Task Force in Memphis, which is comprised of DEA Special Agents and agents and officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement , the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Germantown Police Department, the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office, the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Millington Police Department, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The public is cautioned that an indictment or arrest is the formal method of issuing charges and does not in and of itself create an inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, as the government establishes his or her guilt by competent evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.

Any questions can be directed to AFD DEA Group Supervisor Ruth Porter-Whipple at 404-893-7128.
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