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WHITTIER - Making deals in carwashes, fast food restaurants and behind stores, a South Whittier couple was part of a group that delivered cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico all over the United States, according to officials and documents.A recently unsealed federal indictment reveals details of how the Cuevas-Mares drug trafficking organization operated. A federal grand jury indicted 18 alleged members of the group in June.
The group spread the drugs to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and Dodge City, Kan., according to Whittier police, who developed the information that sparked a two-year investigation.Cuevas-Mares members ferried drugs and money from transactions in their cars. They made deals in fast food restaurants, a carwash and behind stores in Whittier, Corona, Martinez, Pinole and Pittsburg, Calif.They allegedly hid their loot by depositing it in bank accounts, wiring the money overseas and buying vehicles and other items.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies investigated the organization. By December, they had arrested 32 people, seized several vehicles and confiscated 300 kilograms of cocaine, 160 pounds of meth and $3 million.
DEA spokeswoman Sarah Pullen said her agency still is investigating the source of the drugs in Mexico and is looking for other suspects.
The investigation used surveillance and informants.One informant posing as a buyer approached Whittier resident Nicolas Sendis, who allegedly agreed to sell meth and meet at a McDonald's in Whittier on Jan. 5, 2007, and a carwash in Whittier on Jan. 25, 2007, to complete the deals.Sendis and his wife, Jennifer, were among the 32 arrested as a result of the investigation.
The indictment claims Rogelio Carrillo-Verduzco and others supplied the drugs to the group's leader, Jose Cuevas-Mares, who then allegedly gave the coke and meth to Nicolas Sendis and others for distribution.
Others helped disperse the drugs, delivered the goods and the money, authorities said.
Jennifer Sendis and Rafael Villareal allegedly assisted Nicolas Sendis in distributing the drugs. The indictment alleges Jennifer Sendis took drugs from a location where they were stashed and delivered it to buyers and other distributors.
Cuevas-Mares and the Sendises were arraigned Monday in federal court. Cuevas-Mares and Nicolas Sendis pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and meth, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and meth, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and criminal forfeiture.
Jennifer Sendis pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute the two drugs, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and criminal forfeiture.
All three remain in custody.
The DEA started its investigation into the Cuevas-Mares group in March 2007.
"Whittier police brought us information. I can't get into that," Pullen said.
Sgt. Michael Przybyl of the Whittier Narcotics Bureau said they developed information in 2006 from a variety of sources that eventually led to the investigation of the Cuevas-Mares group. He declined to elaborate.
He said investigators realized this was something bigger and contacted the DEA.
No one came to the door of the Sendises' house on Loma Drive in the unincorporated county area of South Whittier on Thursday. A pit bull barked from behind a fence which had two "Beware the dog" signs.