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Monday, November 16, 2015

22 Individuals Charged With Drug Trafficking In Peñuelas

Press Release

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On November 5, 2015, a federal grand jury in
the District of Puerto Rico returned two separate indictments against thir-
teen and nine defendants respectively charged with conspiracy to possess
with intent to distribute controlled substances, announced Rosa Emilia Ro-
dríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. The
Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Puerto Rico Police Department
(PRPD), Ponce Strike Force, are in charge of the investigation.

The first indictment alleges that beginning in 2009, the organization distri-
buted cocaine, heroin, crack, and marihuana at the Caracoles III Ward, lo-
cated in the Municipality of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, all for financial gain
and profit.

The 13 defendants are: Victor A. Serna-González, aka “Bebe;” Victor Da-
niel Serna-González, aka “Danny;” Rubén Figueroa-Santiago; José L. Ríos
-Martínez, aka “Olivo;” Fred Bernard Rodríguez, aka “Gordo;” Victor Ra-
mos-González, aka “Burrin;” Luis M. Ramos-González, aka “Chino;” José
Pérez-Santiago, aka “Orejas;” Carlos Ramos-González, aka “Colorao;” Ra-
fael J. Quiros-Morales, aka “Menor;” Erick Tomás García-Ramos, aka “Ti-
to;” Julio Araud-Figueroa, aka “Julito;” and FNU LNU, aka “Wilfred”.

The second indictment alleges that beginning in 2007, the organization distri-
buted cocaine and heroin at the Caracoles II Ward, located in Peñuelas, PR,
for significant financial gain and profit. The nine defendants are: Victor Can-
delario-Santiago, aka “El Loco;” Elliot Lucca-Nieves, aka “Luquita;” Luis Ro-
sario-Tellado, aka “Javier Tellado;” Aixsa L. Morales-Figueroa; Juan Ramos-
Rodríguez, aka “Flaco;” Miguel Rivera-Galarza, aka “Valdo;” Ángel L. Alva-
rado-Pérez, aka “Cacu;” Julio E. Feliciano-Quiñonez, aka “Caballito;” and Jo-
sé Figueroa-Segarra, aka “El Menor”.

The 22 defendants acted in different roles in order to further the goals of their
organizations, to wit: leader, drug point owners, runners, drug processors, se-
llers, and facilitators. Some defendants possessed firearms to protect the mem-
bers of the drug trafficking organizations, the narcotics, the proceeds derived
from the sales, and to further accomplish the goals of the conspiracies.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Myriam Fernández, supervisor of the Narcotics Unit,
and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Mathews are in charge of the prosecution of
the case.  If convicted the defendants face a minimum sentence of 10 years,
and up to life in prison. Indictments contain only charges and are not evidence
of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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