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News Release
May 20, 2004

Drug Transportation Network Broken Up In Youngstown

MAY 20--Youngstown, Ohio- The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Youngstown announced the dismantling of an elaborate and sophisticated cocaine distribution network based in Chicago, Illinois operating throughout the Midwest United States. This organization utilized luxury sport utility vehicles which were equipped with sophisticated hidden compartments to conceal large shipments of cocaine into the northeast Ohio region. During late April, information was developed that this organization was shipping a large quantity of cocaine from Chicago to Youngstown, Ohio for distribution. Using the most advanced law enforcement techniques available, agents were able to identify and locate three vehicles being used by the organization. Surveillance of these subjects led police to search all three vehicles resulting in the seizure of one-hundred and sixty-two (162) kilograms of cocaine with a wholesale street value of nearly $5 million. Arrested as a result of this seizure were:

One of the vehicles that was used to transport cocaine.
One of the vehicles that was used to transport cocaine.
  • Juan J. Herrera- Chicago, IL
  • Gabriela Rocha- Chicago, IL
  • Ramon Toledo- Chicago, IL
  • David E. Aguilar- Chicago, IL
  • Mario Francis Godina- Joliet, IL
  • Lecadio Leon- Franklin Park, IL
  • Paul J. Godina Sr.- Medaryville, Indiana
  • Moises Garcia- Stone Park, IL

All eight individuals are charged with federal narcotics violations including: Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.

This investigation, and the positive results it will have for the eastern Ohio area, would not have been possible without the cooperation and participation of the:

A hidden compartment in the vehicle that concealed cocaine.
  • Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification
  • Ohio Highway Patrol
  • Austintown Police Department
  • Salem Police Department
  • Poland Police Department
  • Warren Police Department
  • Boardman Police Department
  • Canfield Police Department
  • Youngstown Police Department


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