Records identify suspects arrested in multi-agency drug raid in South Texas

Records identify suspects arrested in multi-agency drug raid in South Texas
2 years 9 months 19 hours ago Thursday, September 16 2021 Sep 16, 2021 September 16, 2021 6:30 PM September 16, 2021 in News - Local

Court records have identified 14 of the 19 people who were arrested Wednesday as part of a multi-agency drug raid in Rio Grande City and McAllen.

One of those detained was Starr County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Roel Valadez during a raid on Satalia Road, McAllen Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Richard Sanchez confirmed. 

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The following people were charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute and selling, distributing, or dispensing a controlled substance: 

  • Ignacio “Nacho” Garza
  • Diego Reyes
  • Marcos Barrientos
  • Janella Chavarria
  • Roel Valadez
  • Abel Reyes
  • David Gomez
  • Isidoro “Lolo” Garza
  • Jose Ortiz
  • Hugo Canales
  • Jeronimo Morin
  • Noel Avila
  • Samuel Torres
  • Roosevelt Vela

Authorities seized more than $500,000 in property and cash, marijuana and weapons during the multi-agency raid, according to Sanchez.

The DEA, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations started investigating the case in June 2020 as part of an effort to target members of a South Texas-based criminal organization specializing in the trafficking of narcotics, specifically cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. 

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, including the DEA, IRS, US Marshals, Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office, Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, ATF, Pharr Police Department, Brooks County Sheriff's Office, Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, Live Oak County Sheriff's Office and more. 

Officials say no Rio Grande City or Starr County law enforcement were involved in the operation. 

Additional arrests are expected in the ongoing investigation. 

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