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Federal indictment details historic EBR drug seizure

2 years 5 months 1 week ago Tuesday, April 14 2015 Apr 14, 2015 April 14, 2015 10:44 AM April 14, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - U. S. Attorneys unsealed a federal indictment Tuesday which listed nine arrests and an historic drug seizure for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, all part of an operation to take down what federal agents said was a drug trafficking networking in Louisiana and California.

U. S. Attorney Walt Green said "Operation Armageddon" led to indictments for drug trafficking, money laundering, and gun charges against eight Louisiana and one California resident. Most of the suspects were from the Baton Rouge area.

Federal agents said searches during the investigation led them to nearly 20 pounds of high-grade meth, as well as 9 pounds of marijuana and several weapons. Investigators said the meth was worth more than a million dollars, and was the largest single meth bust in EBRSO history.

The case came from work done by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, according to the U. S. Attorney's Office.

"This case is a prime example of the results that can be achieved when we have the level of cooperation exhibited by this Task Force," said EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.

Those indicted by the federal grand jury include:

• Oscar Machado-Galeana, age 32, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin;
distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

• Alexander P. Nava, age 45, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

• Lori Lee Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture

• Devin Joel Martin, age 25, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

• Gregory John Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture

• Victor Hugo Sandoval-Quinonez, age 36, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

• Roy Martin Herrera Romero, age 38, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; distribution of marijuana; and forfeiture.

• Mervin Ronald Spencer, age 24, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

• Marco Antonio Lopez-Sandoval, age 20, of California, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; and forfeiture.

This operation is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Baton Rouge City Police Department, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

 

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