green belt, Maryland – A federal criminal complaint was unsealed today charging six men with a drug trafficking conspiracy that allegedly distributed cocaine and other drugs in Montgomery and Prince George counties as well as the metropolitan area of Washington, DC. The criminal complaint was filed on January 13, 2022. The accused in the criminal complaint are:
Fabricio Alexis Rivera, aka “Breeze,” 30, of Rockville, Maryland;
William Reyes Garcia, aka “Will,” 31, of Silver Spring, Maryland;
Adrian Josue Velasquez, aka “AJ,” 31, of Lanham, Maryland;
Rodney Ricky Rivera, aka “Rodney,” 27, of Beltsville, Maryland;
Noel Reyes, Jr., aka “June,” 28, of Bowie, Maryland; and
Joey Garcia King, aka “Joe,” 43, of Silver Spring, Maryland.
The defendants will have initial appearances today beginning at 12:30 p.m., in Greenbelt U.S. District Court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gina L. Simms.
The criminal complaint was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division; Montgomery County Police Department Chief Marcus Jones; and Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
“These arrests mark a significant victory for Homeland Security Investigations, Montgomery County Police and for the State of Maryland,” said James R. Mancuso, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Baltimore. Investigations like this highlight the strength of our partnerships with other federal and local law enforcement organizations. This operation would not have been possible without the hard work of our partners at the Montgomery County Police, Prince George’s County Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, State of Maryland, ATF and United States Postal Inspection Service.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, the Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) allegedly led by F. Rivera, Reyes Garcia and Velasquez is a multilevel organization with several members who participate in the trafficking of drug. Drug patrons would contact DTO management, normally by phone or text. DTO management was engaged in the distribution of high level cocaine to lower level dealers. Customers who contacted phones used by executives generally bought controlled substances, usually cocaine, in quantities corresponding to the people who redistributed the drugs. The affidavit alleges that the defendants participated in the drug conspiracy between at least September 2020 and December 2021.
As detailed in the affidavit, during the investigation, several packages containing approximately 15.65 kilograms of cocaine were seized by law enforcement. The packages were shipped from Brownsville, Texas to an address associated with the DTO, Business 1 in Beltsville, Maryland. The same sender was found to have sent additional packages, which investigators believe also contained narcotics, to Business 1 and Velasquez’s residence. Tracking information obtained from the shipping company revealed that IP addresses associated with Reyes Garcia and Velasquez queried tracking numbers on seized packages containing cocaine as well as additional packages. In October 2021, law enforcement seized an approximately two-kilogram package of cocaine that was sent to Reyes, Jr. Intercepted communications following the seizure reportedly showed that this package of cocaine was intended for distributed by the DTO.
The affidavit includes conversations between the conspirators who allegedly discussed DTO business, collecting drug debts, arranging drug deals, and arranging the trip to Texas to obtain narcotics for transportation to the Maryland.
The six defendants were arrested on January 20, 2022, based on arrest warrants issued from the criminal complaint. In connection with these arrests, law enforcement executed search warrants at 21 locations associated with charged and uncharged DTO members, seizing: approximately 4.2 kilograms of cocaine; approximately 280 pounds of marijuana; a dispensing amount of phencyclidine; and approximately 12 guns, including a ghost gun, handguns, and a rifle. In total, as part of this investigation, law enforcement seized approximately 22 kilograms of cocaine intended for distribution by this DTO. Other DTO members have been arrested on related state charges that will be prosecuted by the Montgomery County and Prince George’s County state attorneys’ offices.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Actual sentences for federal crimes are generally lower than the maximum sentences. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
A criminal complaint is not a conviction. An individual charged with a criminal complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in subsequent criminal proceedings.
This case is part of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles higher-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of law enforcement agencies. federal, state and local law against criminal networks.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended HSI, the DEA, the Montgomery County Police Department and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked the police for the State of Maryland, the ATF, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy and Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy and their offices for their assist in investigation and prosecution. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant US Attorneys Rajeev R. Raghavan and Joel Crespo, who are prosecuting the case.
For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and the resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md /community-outreach.
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