Large drug distribution network busted in Evansville

 

Date: September 16, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Evansville – A drug trafficking organization was dismantled that brought large quantities of illegal drugs into southwest Indiana. Eleven defendants were indicted by a grand jury in Evansville with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Those arrested and/or are a fugitive include:

  • Rudolfo Ibarra-Hernandez, aka "Rudy," Mexico (fugitive)
  • Juan Guzman, Aka "Hollywood," Mexico (fugitive)
  • Juan Tellez, Phoenix, AZ
  • Alexus Ortiz, Clarksville, TN
  • Rayvin Yates, aka "Ray," Dayton, OH
  • Cesar Castro, San Diego, CA
  • Jovanny Contreas-Vazquez, Los Angeles, CA
  • Maria Castaneda-Villabolos, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ruby Hernandez, Federal Way, WA
  • Tania Gervacio, El Cajon, CA
  • Angelique McCleary, Carlsbad, CA

According to the indictment, beginning around January 2019, it is alleged that Ibarra-Hernandez and Guzman were the sources of supply for the drugs coming from the Mexican drug cartels to Evansville and Southwest Indiana. Tellez, Castro, Contreas-Vazquez and Castaneda-Villabolos, Gervacio, and McCleary were utilized as drug couriers within the organization, and Yates was a mid-level distributor. Ortiz and Ruby Hernandez were carriers of the money.

The organization used motor vehicles, commercial airlines, United States Postal Service, United Parcel Service and Federal Express to transport the methamphetamine, fentanyl and US currency to and from the southern Indiana area.

During the investigation, law enforcement recovered over 123 pounds of methamphetamine, 769 grams of fentanyl powder, 114 fentanyl pills, 500 oxycodone pills, 345 grams of heroin, and $14,346 in U.S. currency.

This case was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigations, DEA, the Evansville Vanderburgh County Joint Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshal Service, and the U.S Postal Inspection Service.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Lauren M. Wheatley, who will prosecute this case for the government, the defendants face a maximum of life in federal prison, five years supervised release following their sentence, and up to a $10 million fine.

An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. All defendants are considered innocent until proven otherwise in federal court.