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alleged gangster, 6 others arrested; Fed shuts down major fentanyl distribution pipeline in San Francisco Bay Area – CBS San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The alleged gangster and six of his associates have been charged with drug trafficking after federal agents caught a criminal responsible for pipeline illegal fentanyl on the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. closed the organization.

United States Acting Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair announced Tuesday that Javier Castro Benegas-Medina, a/k/a Gio, is the alleged leader of a group called Castro DTO. Were.

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The criminal organization kept large amounts of fentanyl in homes in Oakland and San Leandro. The deadly illicit drug was passed along a distribution chain that flowed throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Concord and Oakland.

Castro, Elmer Rosales-Montes and José Iván Cruz-Casares were charged Tuesday with conspiracy to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl. If convicted, defendants face a maximum prison term of 40 years, with a mandatory minimum of 5 years.

William Joseph Laurent has been charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. If convicted, Lauren faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Jihad JD Tawasha, Kenny Alduvi Romero-Lopez and Heather Borges were charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl. If convicted, Tavasha, Romero-López and Borges each face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 5 years.

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The complaints filed against the defendants describe how law enforcement investigators conducted a wiretap investigation to develop evidence regarding the distribution of fentanyl.

Law enforcement agents executed arrest warrants on May 25 at Castro’s DTO homes, where they found about 19 kilograms (about 43 pounds) of fentanyl – much of it hidden in fence posts surrounding a residence. The seizure was the largest ever federal seizure of fentanyl in the Northern District of California.

Federal agents also found that there were dyes used to color the fentanyl before the sale and about $36,000 in cash.

The complaints and documents filed in the cases describe several transactions that took place in the spring of 2021.

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According to the complaints, the DTO is estimated to have filled more than 100 orders for suspected fentanyl between April 21, 2021 and May 19, 2021.

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