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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – More than nine kilos of high-grade methamphetamine with a potential retail value of over $1 million, eight pounds of marijuana, and numerous weapons including an AR/15 assault rifled were seized during an investigation into a drug trafficking network operating in Louisiana and California.

The methamphetamine seizure is the largest in the history of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to United States Attorney Walt Green.

The operation also resulted in a federal grand jury indictment against nine individuals. If convicted, these defendants face significant terms of imprisonment, fines and the forfeiture of proceeds from the illegal activity.

Oscar Machado-Galeana, 32, of Baton Rouge is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

Alexander P. Nava, age 45, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

Lori Lee Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Devin Joel Martin, age 25, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Gregory John Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Victor Hugo Sandoval-Quinonez, age 36, of Breaux Bridge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Roy Martin Herrera Romero, age 38, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; distribution of marijuana; and forfeiture.

Mervin Ronald Spencer, age 24, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Marco Antonio Lopez-Sandoval, age 20, of California, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; and forfeiture.

“We will continue to meet the threat posed by drug trafficking organizations by working tirelessly with our excellent federal, state, and local partners to aggressively pursue drug dealers. I greatly appreciate the great work of the agents and prosecutors in this important investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Green.

“We are proud to be part of the combined efforts of all of the participating agencies in the Task Force, and I would like to personally congratulate them on their efforts in this outstanding case,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. “I am extremely proud of my deputies and the contributions that they were able to make on a case of such magnitude. As Sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish, I pledge to continue to work with our federal, state and local partners to combat illegal narcotics and make our community a safer place to live. This case is a prime example of the results that can be achieved when we have the level of cooperation exhibited by this Task Force. I would like to thank the DEA for facilitating the Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana for their unwavering support of not only this office, but for all law enforcement agencies in our region.”

http://www.wafb.com/story/28803157/operation-armageddon-largest-meth-bust-in-history-of-ebrso

Case of Methamphetamine trafficking network operating in California and Louisiana results in 9 indictments

A federal grand jury indictment, according to United States Attorney Walt Green for the Middle District of Louisiana, involving several men operating a drug trafficking network in Louisiana and California, was unsealed this week.

As part of Operation Armageddon, agents executed federal search warrants that resulted in the seizure of more than nine kilograms of high-grade methamphetamine with a potential retail value of more than $1 million, eight pounds of marijuana, and various weapons, including an AR/15 assault rifle.

The methamphetamine seizure, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, is the largest in the history of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, which was one of the participating agencies.

Nine individuals were indicted on drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offenses.

Oscar Machado-Galeana, 32, and Alexander P. Nava, 45, both of Baton Rouge, were both indicted on a laundry list of charges including: possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and forfeiture.

Devin Joel Martin, 25; Lori Lee Landry, 39; Gregory John Landry, 39; Roy Martin Herrera Romero, 38 and Mervin Ronald Spencer, 24; who are all of Baton Rouge were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Victor Hugo Sandoval-Quinonez, 36, of Breaux Bridge, was also charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Marco Antonio Lopez-Sandoval, 20, of California, is charged with conspiracy.

If convicted, these individuals face significant terms of imprisonment, fines, and the forfeiture of proceeds from the illegal activity.

http://www.nola.com/crime/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/04/case_of_drug_trafficking_netwo.html

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