by: Jeremy Pierre Updated:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - On Tuesday November 7, FBI and local agents participated in an early morning round up that resulted in 10 residents being charged with conspiracy to distribute and posses with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, and more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.
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The residents of the greater Memphis area were indicted for distributing the drugs throughout West Tennessee. The indictments follow a six-month investigation.
“Illegal drugs are related violence are serious threats to our communities and these arrests demonstrate the importance of cooperation between state, local and federal law enforcement in the Investigation and prosecution of drug trafficking organizations,” said Michael T. Gavin, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Field Office of the FBI.
More than $300,000 was also seized in the take down.
“There were multiple search warrants that were executed during the takedown, during the round up at various locations in Memphis and Shelby County,” said Mike Dunavant, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.
Law enforcement across Shelby County and North Mississippi assisted federal agents in the round up.
“We are talking about a national epidemic. The issue with illegal drug sales is not a new problem,” Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said.
The men who were arrested are between the ages of 19 and 59.
Eight of the men are from Memphis.
A father and son from West Memphis were also arrested.
“It’s ongoing and we will certainly seek to make sure that we are interdicting and arresting and prosecuting any other people who are involved in this activity,” Dunavant said.
- Daniel Castelo, 42, Memphis, TN
- Lorenzo Castelo, 39, Memphis, TN
- Carlos Crump, 33, Memphis, TN
- Julio Ceassar Garcia, 37, Memphis, TN
- Josue Gonzalez, 28, Memphis, TN
- Jesus Gutierrez, 40, Memphis, TN
- Albert Hall, 33, Memphis, TN
- Roy Lee Johnson, 59, West Memphis.
- Roy Lee Johnson, Jr., 27, West Memphis, Arkansas
- Victor Torrez, 19, Memphis, TN
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