17 people arrested in cocaine, meth and heroin ring

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A cocaine, meth and heroin ring that circulated drugs in three different states, including northern Indiana, has been broken as police arrested 17 people earlier this month.

“We are not finished. This law enforcement team is united and we will continue our efforts, and we are coming after you, and you are next,” said U.S. Attorney David A. Capp.

Capp announced the 17 arrests during a news conference on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The investigation began in January 2015 when officers began to make controlled purchases. During the last year and a half, police served 20 federal search warrants and found $600,000 in cash, 11 kilograms of cocaine, 13 vehicles, 13 firearms, marijuana, more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 50 grams of meth.

Eighteen of the search warrants were executed in Fort Wayne, while only one home in South Bend and a home in Elkhart were searched.

Those arrested and charged on heroin, meth and cocaine related counts are:

  • Enrique Cordova, 41, of Elkhart; conspiracy to distribute cocaine
  • Rene A. Del-Rio Salazar, 30, of South Bend; distribution of cocaine
  • Jose C. Razo, 43, also charged with maintaining a drug house in Fort Wayne and being part of eight specific alleged distributions
  • Carlos Silva-Ponce, 39, also charged with maintaining a drug house in Fort Wayne and being part of two specific alleged distributions
  • Patricia S. Quinones, 48, of Fort Wayne
  • Samuel J. Gemple, 48, of Fort Wayne
  • Marco A. Garcia, 29, of Fort Wayne
  • Allan C. Chiprez-Garcia, 20, of Fort Wayne
  • Baltazar Fernandez, 44, of Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute cocaine
  • Juan M. Gonzalez, 33, of Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine
  • Frederick Moore, 42, of Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine and with maintaining a Fort Wayne drug house
  • Edy A. Montoya-Echeverria, 34, of Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute heroin
  • Larmondo Watts, 44, of Fort Wayne; possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Federal criminal complaints were issued against the following people:

  • Jesus Montes-Perez, 47, of Fort Wayne; distribution of methamphetamine
  • Fernando G. Garcia, 30, of Fort Wayne; distribution of heroin
  • Carlos Prado, 36, of Fort Wayne; distribution of methamphetamine
  • Jonathan A. Galindo, 25, of Fort Wayne; conspiracy to distribute cocaine along with using a telephone to facilitate distribution

Police are still searching for 28-year-old Javier Orozco of Fort Wayne, a suspected supplier-level heroin dealer in the drug ring. Anyone with information about Orozco’s whereabouts is asked to contact the FBI.

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