Alleged Mexican Mafia Members Paul Anthony Sanchez, Eduardo Garcia, Jason Ryan Gonzales, Christopher Ybarra, Jesus P. Sanchez, Adrian Lemus, John Jay Navarro, Andrew Rodriguez, and Joseph Andrew Correa Indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on Federal Drug Charges

August 10, 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Texas on August 9, 2011 released the following:

“FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARREST NINE HONDO-BASED TEXAS MEXICAN MAFIA MEMBERS BASED ON FEDERAL CHARGES

United States Attorney John E. Murphy, FBI Special Agent in Charge Cory B. Nelson and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw announced today that eight Hondo, Texas-based members and associates of the Texas Mexican Mafia (TMM) have been arrested based on a federal drug indictment; an ninth TMM member, on a federal firearms charge.

Those arrested, and charged by indictment include: 30-year-old Paul Anthony Sanchez of Hondo, Texas; 40-year-old Eduardo Garcia of Poteet, Texas; 30-year-old Jason Ryan Gonzales of Hondo; 29-year-old Christopher Ybarra of Hondo; 31-year-old Jesus P. Sanchez of San Antonio; 31-year-old Adrian Lemus of Hondo; 23-year-old John Jay Navarro of Pearsall, Texas, and, 29-year-old Andrew Rodriguez of Hondo. Authorities are still looking for 37-year-old Joseph Andrew Correa of Hondo.

A federal grand jury indictment, returned on July 20, 2011, and unsealed today, charges that since October 1, 2010, all of the defendants, with the exception of Rodriguez, have conspired to interfere with commerce by threats and/or violence. The indictment alleges that they conspired to extort money from methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana traffickers operating in Hondo, Poteet and Pearsall through the coercive collection of a ten percent drug tax, also known as “the dime.” Collection of “the dime” was enforced by robbery, serious bodily injury or other acts of violence.

The indictment also charges defendants Correa and Rodriguez with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine; Sanchez, one count of distribution of heroin. Upon conviction, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison on the conspiracy charge and between five and 40 years in federal prison per drug distribution charge.

Authorities also arrested 38-year-old Ignacio Aragon, Jr., of San Antonio this morning while executing a search warrant at his residence. Investigators discovered a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol inside the residence. A federal criminal complaint, filed this morning, charges Aragon with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Aragon’s criminal history includes felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Upon conviction, Aragon faces up to ten years in federal prison.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation together with the Texas Department of Public Safety–Criminal Investigations Division. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service, San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County Sheriff’s Department and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in this investigation.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

To find additional federal criminal news, please read Federal Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN List Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

Bookmark and Share


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 8,638 other followers