US Attorney’s Office charges 21, including 9 from Weber County, in drug distribution conspiracy | Police & Fire – About Your Online Magazine


SALT LAKE CITY – A federal grand jury charged 21 people last week, including nine from Weber County, for their alleged roles in the conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs along the Wasatch Front, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office. USA.

The press release said the suspects allegedly intended to sell meth, cocaine, fentanyl and heroin. The charges stem from the efforts of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which includes the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Metro Wasatch Narcotics Attack Force, Davis County Narcotics Attack Force, Department of West Valley Police and the US Police Service

Throughout the operation, officers involved with the task force seized more than 27 pounds of methamphetamine, 4 pounds of fentanyl, 2 pounds of heroin, 22 pounds of cocaine, two firearms and more than $ 415,000, according to the press release.

The 32-count charge includes a number of charges, including conspiracy to distribute drugs, distribute drugs, possession with the intention of distributing drugs, use of a firearm to promote a drug trafficking crime and use of a cell phone. to facilitate the distribution of methamphetamine. US assistant attorneys at the US Attorney’s Office in Utah are processing the case, the statement said.

Defendants include:

  • Francisco Javier Quezada Aguirre, also known as “el Negro” or “Poncho”, 27, from Mexico;
  • Edwin Alberto Espino Alfaro, “Gordito,” 33, by Ogden;
  • Isaac Celaya Almanza, “Chupa” or “Flaco,” 50, by Ogden;
  • Melvin Bladimir Andrade, “The Trucker”, 32, by Roy;
  • Hector Holguin Barrios, “Viejo”, 57, from Midvale;
  • Hugo Morales Chavero, 30, of Salt Lake City;
  • Hector Ramses Blasco Cota, “Winnie,” 25, from Salt Lake City;
  • Jesus Antonio Hernandez Guerrero, “Tonio,” 35, from North Ogden;
  • Carlos Enrique Canos Gutierrez, 26, of West Valley City;
  • Victor Guzman, “Chiste”, 46, by Ogden;
  • Jose Luis Hernandez, “Chepe,” 60, by Ogden;
  • Pedro Ignacio Mendoza Ibarra, 28, from Mexico;
  • Andrea Islas, 24, of Salt Lake City;
  • Josiel Rogelio Morales Lopez, 21, from Lehi;
  • Mario Moreno, 40, from Ogden;
  • Marissa Perez, 22, from Torrance, California;
  • Victor Noe Martinez Portillo, 31, from western Jordan;
  • Erick Garcia Rivera, 40, from West Valley City;
  • Troy Rivera, “Vecino” or “Gonzo,” 48, by Farr West;
  • Juan Carlos Rosas Rosas, 37, from Ogden; and
  • Rubi Rosario Almenta Sanchez, 33, from Westminster, California

Paula Fonseca