Seven Indicted in Virginia for Alleged Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

September 27, 2010

Seven men were charged in a 34-count indictment last Thursday for trafficking cocaine and firearms in Prince William County.

Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division; and Charlie T. Deane, Prince William County Chief of Police, made the announcement after the indictment was unsealed.

According to court records, Yasin Oriza Arreola, a/k/a Tony or El Diablo, 30, of Catlett, Va., is accused of being a significant source for distributing cocaine in Prince William County and is allegedly supplied by a Mexican drug trafficking organization. Court records allege that he has posed as a construction worker—including driving a white work van and wearing a reflective construction vest—to conduct drug transactions at various spots throughout the county. He and others in the conspiracy are alleged to have possessed firearms during drug negotiations and also agreed to sell firearms—including a machine gun—to drug customers.

In addition, the following six men were also charged in the indictment as conspiring with Arreola in running this cocaine trafficking ring:

Jose Salgado Lovo, 40, of Manassas, Va.; Isitro Liberato, a/k/a Joker, 20, of Manassas, Va.; Kelvin Martinez, a/k/a Solo, 25, of Manassas, Va.; Manuel Perez Castillo, a/k/a New York, 42, of Manassas, Va.; Jorge Isiais Fernandez, a/k/a Esquivel Madrazo Aquiles, Chesperito, or Picapiedra, 35, of Manassas, Va.; Angel Enrique Flores, a/k/a Don Angel, 44, of Manassas, Va.

In a conspiracy, each individual may be held accountable for every act that occurred in furtherance of the conspiracy, even if committed by others in the alleged conspiracy. If the government can prove that an individual has the requisite knowledge of the existence of the conspiracy, the individual will be held liable for every act committed. Unfortunately, this will result in a much longer sentence for the individual if convicted.

The defendants were previously charged by criminal complaint and arrested on August 25, 2010. They face mandatory minimum penalties ranging from 10 years in prison to 40 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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