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Feds indict 9 in Calif.-to-Alaska drug conspiracy

Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Nine men accused in a conspiracy to send methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana from California to Alaska have been indicted on federal charges of felony drug trafficking and money laundering, federal prosecutors said Monday.

All are in custody except for two California fugitives — 24-year-year-old Antonio Loera Isidro, also known as “Tomato,” and 26-year-old Jair Rios Romero, also known as “Goofy,” prosecutors said.

Three Anchorage men charged are 30-year-old Jose Manuel Noyola-Martinez, also known as “Scooby;” 25-year-old Jonathan Manuel Santana, also known as “Flip;” and 39-year-old Carlos Olivares.

The other Californians are 27-year-old Adan E. Barragan, also known as “Lalo;” 38-year-old Armando Montano-Morales; 26-year-old Albaro Rivera Garcia, also known as “The Dude;” and 27-year-old Juan Carlos Rubio-Maldanado.

The men were arrested last week and are in custody in Alaska and California, prosecutor Stephan Collins said.

According to the grand jury indictment, the drug distribution conspiracy took place from 2007 to February 2011.

The four-count indictment said a separate money laundering conspiracy involved sending the drug-distribution proceeds to California through financial transactions.

The indictment also includes criminal forfeiture allegations involving nearly $250,000 seized by authorities in Anchorage last year and about another $675,000 allegedly laundered back to California.

The investigation leading to the indictment was conducted by Anchorage police and federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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