Posted: Jan 9, 2013 4:16 PM by Ben Lloyd / Jose Martinez
Updated: Jan 9, 2013 6:55 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Federal prosecutors say seven Corpus Christi residents arrested yesterday during raids by the Drug Enforcement Administration face charges related to a methamphetamine and cocaine distribution ring. All are facing lengthy prison time, costly fines and for some forfeiture of several properties.
The following were arrested as part of the investigation:
Prosecutors say there are several others involved, but that information is not being released until they are arrested.
On Tuesday, authorities raided a home on Aaron Drive and Valor Drive. Both of those homes belong to Jose Fidel Guajardo. Prosecutors have say arrests also took place on Brooks Drive, Christie Street, Cool Breeze Drive and Wool Drive.
Here's a breakdown of the charges. The six men and one woman now in custody are accused of conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of meth during a period from December 2008 to December 2012.
Another count alleges Manuel Pena, Ignacio Pena, Martinez, Guajardo and Bazaldua conspired to possess more than five kilos of cocaine.
If convicted on the above charges the defendants face up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $10 million fine.
Manuel Pena, Martinez and Guajardo are also accused in a money laundering conspiracy. All three could lose their properties if convicted, plus up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
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