A federal grand jury indicted more than twenty men on dozens of counts in an organized cocaine distribution ring.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, authorities said the men are responsible for distributing more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 280 grams of crack. The street value of the drugs these men were accused of trafficking was at least $17,500,000.
Charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, money laundering, and gun charges were
: Jesus Hernandez, a.k.a. "Chucho," 31; Juan Julian Felipe, 26; Alfredo Casteneda, a.k.a. "Boludo," 20; Faustino Ramirez Ponciano, a.k.a. "El Toño," 18; Fernando Amayo Gonzalez, a.k.a. "Zeta," 26; Gonzalo Garcia Gines, a.k.a. "Puebla," 31; Felipe De Jesus Banales, a.k.a. "Guero," 29; Elder Vasquez, 34; Johnny Soto-Quintana, a.k.a. "Ponzoña," a.k.a. "Ponzi," 23; Nahun Oliva, a.k.a. "El Perro," 24, Gilberto Fuentes Dominguez, 27, Jesus Amustio Panoja, a.k.a. "Chuy," 21; Anael Anariba, a.k.a. "Guero," 35; Geyser Deleon, a.k.a. "Chiquilin," a.k.a. "Chaparo," 26; Jose Luis Aguilar, a.k.a. "Diego," 34; Gelber Deleon, a.k.a. "Tarzan," a.k.a. "Burro," 21; Justin Moore, 28; Malcolm Jones, 21; David Lamb, 23; Monty Cooper, 42; and James Handly, a.k.a. "Flaco," 54; all of whom were residing in Knoxville, Tenn., at the time of their arrests.
If convicted, each man could face at least 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10-million dollars.
These indictments come after an investigation by dozens of local, state and federal agencies.
"This activity will not be tolerated and we are determined to keep our communities safe. Our message today for those who are involved in this activity is very simple: you're next," said Kenneth Moore, FBI Knoxville.
All the men will be held without bond pending their trials, which are set for February of next year.