Go to top of page
Close
 
Close
Back
ROS Top

Katy Man Wanted By Feds For His Part In Drug Crimes

Katy Man Wanted By Feds For His Part In Drug Crimes

« Back
Message Menu
Author Photo by: KatyDotCom Active Indicator LED Icon Site Admin
~ 3 mos, 28 days ago   Mar 21 2019, 11:30am 
 
A total of 47 suspects, including one man from Katy, are now in custody following the return of a 43-count indictment alleging drug-trafficking and related crimes in the Houston and Galveston areas. Authorities are also looking for 43-year-old Victor Gomez (bottom picture) of Katy for his part in the conspiracy.
 
Forum Image

U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick made the announcement along with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy, Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Chief Vernon Hale of the Galveston Police Department (GPD), Special Agent in Charge Designee Brett Rovey of Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation (CI) and Deputy U.S. Marshal Alfredo Perez of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).

The arrests are the culmination of 31-month Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation (OCDETF) dubbed "Operation Wrecking Ball."

"This operation is the result of countless hours of hard work by officers and agents from many different agencies," said Patrick. "OCDETF is uniquely able to marshal resources for complex cases. The Department of Justice is committed to disrupting the work of international cartels and other drug trafficking organizations. This case also is reinvigorating my office's commitment to Galveston. For the first time in decades, we have a full time prosecutor on the island who is focused on cases that will have a local impact in Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston and Matagorda counties."

During the law enforcement operation today and yesterday that spanned multiple jurisdictions and states, authorities took a total of 43 people into custody. They join the four individuals who were previously in custody. Nine are considered fugitives and warrants remain outstanding for their arrests.

"Today's enforcement operation marks the culmination of a 3 ½ year investigation targeting one of the largest suspected drug organizations seen in Southeast Texas in decades," said Glaspy. "The success of this investigation was possible only because of the many law enforcement agencies dedicated to protecting our communities in the greater Houston/Galveston area from those who prey on them."

The indictment, which was returned in November 2018 and unsealed today, alleges the defendants engaged in a variety of cocaine and heroin transactions. Some also allegedly conspired to commit money laundering and illegally transferred money to avoid reporting requirements.
 
Forum Image

The charges allege the crimes occurred between Feb. l, 2016, and April 19, 2018. According to the indictment, the drugs were smuggled into the United States from Colombia and Mexico. Heroin and Cocaine was then distributed through Houston to Atlanta, Georgia; Buffalo and New York, N.Y.; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Norfolk, Virginia.

This case is a clear example of the kind of federal matters we are bringing to the Galveston Division

The indictment also seeks forfeiture of any illegal proceeds of the alleged crimes. To date, approximately $3.1 million has been seized.

Those arrested are expected to make initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Edison in Houston beginning at 10:00 a.m. March 21, 2019.

The DEA conducted the investigation along with HSI, Houston Police Department, IRS-CI, USMS, GPD and Galveston County Sheriff's Office with assistance of the Texas National Guard Joint Counterdrug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Cusick is prosecuting the case.
 
The case will be prosecuted in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas.
 
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Gomez, please contact the DEA office in Houston at 713-693-3000.
 
Forum Image
 
www.justice.gov/usao -sdtx
 
What are your thoughts? Log in or sign up to comment
Message Menu
Author Photo Wildone Active Indicator LED Icon
~ 3 mos, 28 days ago   Mar 21 2019, 8:10pm 
Big bust! I bet a bunch are still hiding
 
Post a comment »




« Back to Main Page
Views: 459
ROS Top




SPONSORED:
Midici Neapolitan Pizza Company Logo Advantage Dentists Logo Truwin - Windows, Doors & Siding  Logo Made Ya Smile Dental Logo Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning And Electrical Logo Handal's Roofing Logo Window World Logo M & J Hardwood Floors Logo
Sponsor an Ad »



See more of Katy.com by logging in
Your online community neighborhood for Katy-area residents.
Kosmin Media