14 Indicted In Drug Trafficking Ring

By: KAKE News Email
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fourteen people have been indicted as leaders of a cocaine smuggling ring.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said the defendants laundered more than $174,000 in drug proceeds by purchasing real estate and vehicles.

The 63-count indictment alleges leader Juvenal Fernandez, Jr., 30, Wichita, conspired with his father, co-defendant Juvenal G. Fernandez, to launder the drug funds.

The indictment alleges that Juvenal Fernandez, Jr., was released from prison to the Wichita Work Release Center on Oct. 12, 2005. He was allowed to leave the facility during the day and required to return at night. Beginning in 2006, Juvenal G. Fernandez received wire transfers of money from unknown sources in Mexico that were deposited into his personal bank account at Emprise Bank in Wichita. Juvenal G. Fernandez used the money, which the indictment alleges was cash proceeds from Juvenal Fernandez’s illegal drug distribution, to purchase real estate properties.

Many of the properties were titled in the name of Juvenal G. Fernandez, although Juvenal Fernandez Jr. continued to exercise control over the assets and received the profits from the sale of the real estate. The indictment alleges drug proceeds were used to purchase 2504 N. Waco, 2760 N. Arkansas, 1833 S. Market , 2345 N. Salina and 3377 N. Wild Thicket.

Charged in the indictment are the following:

Juvenal Fernandez, Jr., 30, Wichita, Kan.: one count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, 27 counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, one count of distributing cocaine, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of conspiracy to distribute 4973 grams of cocaine, one count of distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, two counts of money laundering, three counts of unlawful monetary transactions and one count of bank fraud.

Aaron G. Gomez, 32, Wichita, Kan.,: One count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, one count of distributing 26 grams of cocaine, and three counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Kristian E. Fernandez, 27, Wichita, Kan.: One count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, seven counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of distributing 26 grams of cocaine and one count of distributing 112 grams of cocaine.

Mario Cantu, 29, Wichita, Kan., one count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, three counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking,

Rito Mejia, Jr., 55, Wichita, Kan., one count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and three counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Francisco Cobos, 26, Wichita, Kan., one count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Juvenal G. Fernandez, 56, Wichita, Kan., one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, six counts of money laundering and one count of bank fraud.

Alejandro De La Torre-Barrios, 22, Wichita, Kan., one count of distributing 26 grams of cocaine and one count of distributing 112 grams of cocaine,

Gregory Schmidt II, 26, Wichita, Kan., one count of distributing 26 grams of cocaine and one count of distributing 112 grams of cocaine.

Desmond Yankey, 27, Wichita, Kan., one count of distributing 26 grams of cocaine and one count of distributing 112 grams of cocaine.

Maria Machuca, 44, Wichita, Kan., one count of conspiracy to distribute 4,973 grams of cocaine, one count of possession of 4,973 grams of cocaine, 16 counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of possession with intent to distribute of 5.45 kilograms of marijuana.

Daniel Carrero, 19, Amarillo, Texas, one count of conspiracy to distribute 4,973 grams of cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute 4,973 grams of cocaine and three counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking,

Mario Machuca, 35, Amarillo, Texas, one count of conspiracy to distribute 4,973 grams of cocaine and three counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Sandra Lozoria, 24, Wichita, Kan., one count of possession with intent to distribute 5.45 kilograms of marijuana and two counts of using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking.


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