The Clay County Drug Task Force helped the United States Government bring down the kingpin of a well-known drug trafficking organization that ran drugs through the Interstate 70 corridor.
On Friday, Sgt. Rob Gambill confirmed the department's involvement in a nine-month investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Indianapolis Police Dept., (Indianapolis) Metro Drug Task Force, Beech Grove Police Dept., Marion County Sheriff's Dept. and the Vigo County Sheriff's Dept that resulted in the indictment of 13 individuals on April 16, 2006 and an additional 13 more during further investigation.
A federal conviction is preferable to one in the local or state courts, according to Gambill. Once convicted in federal court, the prisoner will serve at least 85 percent of their sentence without receiving good time credit.
Jose Perez, 23, Michoacan Mexico and Indianapolis, Ind., was sentenced to 360 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, engaging in continuing a criminal enterprise and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments before U.S. District Judge Larry J. McKinney in federal court.
Perez directed a methamphetamine trafficking organization that coordinated large quantities of methamphetamine from suppliers in McAllen, Texas and California.
Authorities believe the Perez organization distributed approximately 80-100 pounds of methamphetamine along the I-70 corridor from May 2005 through June 8, 2006.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington, the judge also imposed five years supervised release following the fulfillment of Perez's imprisonment and ordered Perez to be deported to Mexico following completion of his sentence.