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Government's Position, as per court record

Government's Position, as per court record

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Published by: Michelle Peterson on Oct 18, 2013
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This is what prosecutors had to say in court:
The Indictment in this case stems from DEA’s Multiplicity
investigation, which dismantled the domestic cocaine distributionoperations of Jesus Hector Flores and his employees andconvicted several large-scale cocaine customers includingManuel Coronado-Espindola and others.
The present Indictmentfocuses on the Mexico-based supervisors of the Floresorganization and the sources of supply of the cocaine customersthey serviced.
The investigation traced the Multiplicity wiretaps toa Mexican cocaine trafficking organization led by Edgar Valdez-
Villarreal, a.k.a. “La Barbie,” and established that Valdez
Villarreal’s organization was the source of more than 1,500
kilograms of cocaine sold to the Atlanta customers identified onthe Multiplicity wiretaps.In the early to mid-2000s, Valdez-Villarreal transitioned frombeing a local distributor of cocaine in his home town of Laredo,Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to become the distributor oflarger loads of cocaine to regional distributors in the UnitedStates.
Valdez-Villarreal ultimately connected with higher-levelcartel operations led by Arturo Beltran-Leyva, while continuing todevelop cocaine distribution in Mexico and to U.S. distributors.
During this period, Valdez-Villarreal entered into an arrangement
with Carlos Montemayor Gonzalez, a.k.a “El Director,” whodeveloped a network to transport the organization’s cocaine
across the border into Laredo and process cash proceeds thathad been smuggled across the border into Mexico.
CarlosMontemayor eventually formed a loose partnership with Valdez-Villarreal, in which they pooled their resources to buy cocaine inMexico.
While they maintained their own customers, they begansharing cocaine sources of supply and networks to transport thecoke into the United States.
According to witness interviews andintercepted Title III conversations, Valdez-Villarreal
s primarylieutenant overseeing the day-to-day operations in Mexico City
was Ruben Hernandez, a.k.a. “El Secre” or “Super,” and CarlosMontemayor’s primary lieutenant was Roberto Lopez, a.k.a.“Shrek.”
 In 2004, Carlos Montemayor arranged with Jesus Hector Flores,
a.k.a. “Cain,” to oversee the domestic operations that related toCarlos Montemayor’s customers in
the southeast: receiving
cocaine loads, distributing the drugs to Carlos Montemayor’s
customers, and collecting and processing the bulk cash paymentsfor transportation back into Mexico.
Carlos Montemayor began
sending truckloads of cocaine to Flores’s w
orkers in Memphis,
where the workers met the trucks at empty warehouses andstored the cocaine and drug proceeds in a rented stashhouse.
Meanwhile, Valdez-Villarreal and Hernandez continued tosend truckloads of cocaine to Valdez-
Villarreal’s customers
through more traditional means, with the deliveries being madedirectly to the customers themselves.In the spring of 2005, Carlos Montemayor asked Flores to expand
his operations to include the organization’s customers in
Flores dispatched Romero Roel Martinez, aka
“Cachillos,” to Atlanta in March 2005, and Martinez rented a stash
house located on Johnson Road in Southwest Atlanta.
Martinezwas later joined by Luis Trevino, Roberto Garcia, and JoeLopez.
Carlos Montemayor and other supervisors in Mexicocalled Martinez or Flores to advise when truckloads of cocainewere to arrive in Atlanta.
The Atlanta workers met the trucks atempty warehouses and transported the cocaine to the stashhouses, and distributed the cocaine upon the authorization of andaccording to the orders of the cartel supervisors.
The workersalso picked up, counted, and packaged the bulk currency paid bythe cartel customers.
They delivered the currency to the truckdrivers on their way back to Texas to be smuggled toMexico.
Throughout this process, Martinez and the other

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