Cartel-linked drug distribution network taken down


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced Tuesday the take down of a large drug distribution network taken down in the Evansville area.

The network was linked to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel out of Mexico. This cartel was formed in 2010 in the western city of Guadalajara.

It’s leader — Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera — is one of the most wanted men in Mexico and the U.S. There’s currently a $10 million reward for his arrest.

The 18-month-long investigation was the result of local law enforcement, DEA, the Evansville Vanderburgh County Joint Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, IRS Criminal Investigations, U.S. Marshal Service and the U.S Postal Inspection Service.

“Nothing to attack this organization was spared,” said Minkler. “This (joint task force) threw the kitchen sink at this cartel.”

Nine arrests were made and approximately 123 pounds of methamphetamine, 769 grams of fentanyl, 114 fentanyl pills, 500 oxycodone pills, 345 grams of heroin and $14,346 in U.S. currency were seized.

Two more individuals — who are believed to be in Mexico — have also been charged.

Minkler says it is “a massive seizure.”

Drug mules used vehicles, commercial airlines and the postal couriers to transport the drugs.

“I think it’s a huge win to take this amount of dope off the streets,” said DEA Mike Gannon.

Gannon added everything they seized was headed to the streets of Evansville, Vanderburgh County and the surrounding communities.

“We don’t tolerate criminal behavior here,” said Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.

Those arrested and or are a fugitive include:

Rudolfo Ibarra-Hernandez, Aka “Rudy,” 48, Mexico FUGITIVE

Juan Guzman, Aka “Hollywood,” 33, Mexico FUGITIVE

Juan Tellez, 44, Phoenix

Alexus Ortiz, 21, Clarksville, Tenn.

Rayvin Yates, Aka “Ray,”26, Dayton, Ohio

Cesar Castro, 45, San Diego

Jovanny Contreas-Vazquez, 30, Los Angeles

Maria Castaneda-Villabolos , 33, Los Angeles

Ruby Hernandez, 37, Federal Way, Wash.

Tania Gervacio, 30, El Cajon, Calif.

Angelique McCleary, 31, Carlsbad, Calif.

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(This story was originally published on September 15, 2020)


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