South Indiana prosecutors help take down huge drug cartel run out of Tijuana Mexico


A drug cartel run out of Tijuana, Mexico has been dismantled but federal investigators in southern Indiana.

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said Tuesday a grand jury that sits in Evansville has indicted nine people from across the country on charges to distribute meth and fentanyl in America’s heartland.

“This group threw the kitchen sink at this drug cartel,” said Minkler. “Their goal was to disrupt and dismantle this organization. The seizures in the case have been impressive. As impressive as any case ever prosecuted in this district.”

Minkler said 123 pounds of methamphetamine is now off the streets along with 114 fentanyl pills, which carry over 769 grams of the potent drug. He said that equates to 384,500 lethal does of fentanyl. 500 oxycodone pills and 345 grams of heroin were also seized.

Those arrested include:

– Juan Tellez, 44, Phoenix, AZ

– Alexus Ortiz, 21, Clarksville, TN

– Rayvin Yates, Aka “Ray,”26, Dayton, OH

– Cesar Castro, 45, San Diego, CA

– Jovanny Contreas-Vazquez, 30, Los Angeles, CA

– Maria Castaneda-Villabolos, 33, Los Angeles, CA

– Ruby Hernandez, 37, Federal Way, WA

– Tania Gervacio, 30, El Cajon, CA

– Angelique McCleary, 31, Carlsbad, CA

Two others involved in the drug cartel, Rudolfo Ibarra-Hernandez, 48, and Juan Guzman 33 are still fugitives and believed to be in Mexico. Minkler said those who are in custody will be extradited to Evansville where they will be prosecuted.

Everyone indicted in the case faces between ten years to life in prison if convicted, according to Minkler.



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