Drug Enforcement Administration
Skip Navigation

Press Room
News Releases
E-mail updates red envelope
Speeches & Testimony
Multi-Media Library

About Us
Organizational Chart
Programs & Operations
Wall of Honor
DEA Museum
Office Locations

Careers at DEA

DEA Drug Information
Drug Information Resources

Law Enforcement
Most Wanted
Major Operations
Threat Assessment
Training Programs
Stats & Facts
Additional Resources

Drug Prevention
For Young Adults
For Parents
Additional Drug Resources

Diversion Control & Prescription Drugs
Cases Against Doctors

Drug Policy
Controlled Substances Act
Federal Trafficking Penalties
Drug Scheduling

Legislative Resources


Acquisitions & Contracts

Need to know more about drugs?  www.justthinktwice.com

GetSmart About Drugs - A DEA Resource for Parents

News Release
December 8, 2004

Participants in Major
Cocaine Distribution Ring Sentenced
Some Defendants Face Up to Life Imprisonment Without Parole

DEC 10-- United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced today that all defendants who were charged and convicted in the large cocaine conspiracy case, U.S. v. Juan Pablo Elizondo, et al. have been sentenced. The last two defendants were sentenced today.

The North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force investigated the drug trafficking activities of Juan Pablo Elizondo and other members of his organization which operated from Laredo, Texas, to Dallas, and into Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Ohio.

Elizondo, using a network of individuals to store, transport and distribute cocaine, supplied large amounts of cocaine to the Ellis County, Texas, area, and to the Ardmore, Oklahoma area. Beginning in July 2003, numerous arrests were made in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as in Laredo, Texas, and Ardmore, Oklahoma. Since that time, 23 defendants have been convicted in the conspiracy and all have been sentenced to federal prison for terms ranging from two years to life imprisonment, without parole.

The organization distributed kilogram-quantities of cocaine in Texas, Ohio and Mississippi. In May 2004, five defendants were convicted in a trial in Dallas for their role in the conspiracy. Millions of dollars in U.S. currency, over one hundred kilograms of cocaine, and several weapons, including fully automatic assault weapons, were seized during this investigation and forfeited to the government.

United States Attorney Roper praised the exceptionally coordinated efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement, including the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office; the Dallas, Carrollton, Coppell, Irving, Lancaster, and Richardson Police Departments; the Ellis and Dallas County Sheriff’s Offices; the Texas Department of Public Safety; and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation.

Mr. Roper said, “Strategic coordinated law enforcement efforts stopped this major cocaine trafficking operation dead in its tracks. Drug traffickers should be warned, with law enforcement efforts like this, they don’t stand a chance.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Dan Guess, Jerri Sims, and Felicia Moncrief.



Home USDOJ.GOV Privacy Policy Contact Us Site Map