25 Members Of A Violent Gang Charged With Drug Trafficking In Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, P.R (STL.News) On March 29, 2021, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a six-count indictment charging 25 gang members with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and aiding and abetting in the possession/distribution of controlled substances, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Puerto Rico Police Bureau (PRPB) Mayagüez Strike Force investigated the case.
“This indictment and the arrests this morning demonstrate our continued resolve to combat drug trafficking,” said W. Stephen Muldrow, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. “We are committed to dismantling and removing the threat posed by these criminal organizations flooding our communities with dangerous narcotics and violence.”
“This case exemplifies that those involved in the distribution of narcotics and other contraband will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted,” said Iván J. Arvelo, special agent in charge for HSI San Juan. “HSI thanks our local, state and federal law enforcement partners for their significant cooperation in dismantling this drug trafficking organization.”
The indictment alleges that from in or about the year 2016, to the date of the return of the indictment, the drug trafficking organization distributed cocaine base (commonly known as “crack”), heroin, cocaine, and marihuana, within 1,000 feet of the Franklin D.