Posted: 09/21/2021 / 9:51 AM EDT
Updated: 9/21/2021 / 9:52 AM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS – A federal grand jury in Indianapolis has dismissed drug trafficking charges against nine people.
The FBI and IRS launched an investigation into drug trafficking and money laundering in late 2020. Investigators found that people from California and Mexico allegedly sent methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl to someone in the far east of Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis resident would then supposedly sell the drugs and send money back to California. Federal agencies claim more than $ 780,000 was exchanged during the investigation.
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As part of the investigation, search warrants were served and 15 small arms, three rifles, two shotguns, $ 42,000, 274 grams of cocaine and 150 pounds of marijuana were confiscated. In addition, the investigators secured four vehicles.
The following people will be charged as follows:
- Martin Herrera-Diaz Jr., 29, Indianapolis: Laundering money, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
- Sandra Herrera, 22, Indianapolis: Money Laundering
- Jerzon Herrera, 28, Indianapolis: Money laundering, cocaine distribution
- Antonio Partida-Chavez, 29, Mexico: Five cases of controlled substance distribution
- Andy Partida-Chavez, 25, Indianapolis: Distribution of Controlled Substances
- Brandon Vidal, 27, Indianapolis: Controlled Substance Distribution
- Miriam Rodriguez Arguello, 32, Indianapolis: Distribution of Controlled Substances
- Eric Martinez, 25, Indianapolis: Controlled Substance Distribution
- Arnoldo Gonzalez Chavez, 23, Indianapolis: Controlled Substance Distribution
Those charged with money laundering face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $ 250,000, and up to three years’ prudential release if convicted.
Suspects charged with distributing controlled substances face 10 years in prison, fined $ 10,000,000 and no less than five years’ supervised release if convicted.
Authorities say Jerzon Herrera faces an additional 20 years in prison, a $ 1,000,000 fine and no less than three years supervised release for distributing cocaine allegations. Martin Herrera-Diaz Jr. faces an additional 10 years of life imprisonment, a $ 10,000,000 fine, and no less than 5 years’ supervised release for possession with intent to circulate a controlled substance charge.
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