BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A
total of nine men have been arrested following multiple enforcement actions in
Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Crowley, Louisiana, announced Acting U.S.
Attorney Abe Martinez.
actions on Thursday, law enforcement arrested Jesus Hector Garza Jr., 29, of
Rancho Viejo; Gelacio Flores-Flores, 31, and Mayra Rodriguez, 39, both of Los
Fresnos; and Silvia Sarai Cruz, 26, and Ramon Martin Arambula, 46, both of
Brownsville. They made their initial appearances last week and will appear
before U.S. Magistrate Judge Igancio Torteya on Nov. 22, 2017.
Ramon Montoya, 42, of
Brownsville, was previously taken into custody in Memphis, Tennessee. Rubaldino
Pecina, 36, of San Benito, was arrested in Corpus Christi, on Friday afternoon,
while Juana Alcocer, 38, of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was taken into
custody Saturday as she entered the United States at the Veterans Bridge Port
of Entry from Mexico. Today, law enforcement arrested John Fontenot, 46, of
Crawley, Louisiana. Those four defendants are expected to appear in Brownsville
in the near future.
On Oct. 31, 2017, a
federal grand jury in Brownsville returned a 14-count indictment against
Montoya – allegedly the leader of the organization and the others, alleging
drug trafficking crimes related to marijuana, crack cocaine and
methamphetamine. They allegedly transported marijuana for resale and sold crack
cocaine in Cameron County. The charges also include delivering cocaine to
Houston and methamphetamine to Louisiana.
The charges carry varying
terms of imprisonment up to life depending on the counts charged as well as
possible fines up to $10 million.
This was an Organized
Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation spanning two years. The FBI and the
Drug Enforcement Administration led the investigation with assistance from
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S.
Marshals Service, Border Patrol, Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, and
police departments in Brownsville, Harlingen and Raymondville. Assistant U.S.
Attorney Karen Betancourt is prosecuting the case.