114 nabbed in La Perla drug bust – Pu...

114 nabbed in La Perla drug bust – Puerto Rico Daily Sun – 30/06/11

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A federal grand jury indicted 114 people Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute illegal and controlled drugs.

Early Wednesday morning more than 400 federal and state law enforcement officials swarmed the streets and alleys of the La Perla ward, a century-old community at the foot of the wall in Old San Juan. Operation Old World was the culmination of a one-and-a-half year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Puerto Rico Justice Department and Police, and other federal law enforcement agencies.

“These indictments are related to a drug trafficking organization operating in La Perla Ward and headed by Jorge Gómez González, a.k.a. ‘Cara de Truck’ (Truck Face), a well-known community leader in La Perla,” said U.S. District Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez.

According to Rodríguez, drug trafficking in La Perla, was controlled by the Martínez and Serrano families, who had been operating their criminal enterprise since 1998.

The two families apparently had agreed on the mechanisms to “distribute and supply controlled substances within La Perla.”

“They controlled all drug trafficking, especially heroine, in La Perla,” said Rodríguez, who affirmed most of the heroin distributed in Puerto Rico comes out of La Perla.

Nevertheless, the scope of the trafficking operation included other illegal drugs and extended beyond La Perla, according to the D.A. The defendants are being charged in a nine-count indictment with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone (“Percocet”) and alprazolam (“Xanax”).

“This violent organization was supplying and selling drugs not only to the people in La Perla but to people living in different municipalities, children and tourists,” said Rodríguez.

Rodríguez said the co-conspirators participated in the criminal endeavor as leaders (“bichotes”) (17), drug point owners or “magnates” (16), and enforcers, suppliers, runners and sellers, among other roles. Most of the indicted had more than one specific role in the operation.

Rodríguez also explained at least 30 of them possessed and used firearms to protect themselves, the drugs and the drug trafficking organization.

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Since: Dec 08

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#1 Jun 30, 2011
Puerto Rico Daily Sun Front Page Photo Caption: Community leader Jorge Gómez sits handcuffed in his living room after the police raided his home Wednesday during a drug raid in La Perla, in which 114 suspects were arrested.

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If you can obtain a hard copy of today’s Puerto Rico Daily Sun (June 30) do so. It has two-full pages of excellent photos with captions of the raid. This is in addition to the photo “Drug Kingpin nabbed in La Perla” on the front page.

This highly successful police operation is now being covered in major national and international publications. Google this story, you will find it is getting lots of coverage in your favorite publications.
Jillian Galloway

Decatur, IL

#5 Jun 30, 2011
On June 17, 1971, President Nixon told Congress that "if we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely destroy us." After forty years of trying to destroy "the drug menace in America" we still *haven't* been able to destroy it and it still *hasn't* destroyed us. Four decades is long enough to realize that on this incredibly important issue, President Nixon was wrong! All actions taken as a result of his invalid and paranoid assumptions (e.g. the federal marijuana prohibition) should be ended immediately!

It makes no sense for taxpayers to fund the federal marijuana prohibition when it *doesn't* prevent people from using marijuana and it *does* make criminals incredibly wealthy and incite the Mexican drug cartels to murder thousands of people every year.

We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales - to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana must be made legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.
La Gringa

White Hall, AR

#7 Nov 6, 2013
todo mierda!!!!!!!!!! crooked policia! broke down my doors and held guns to my head for NO REASON!!!!!!!!!! arrested good people. THEY ARE THE CROOKED ONES!!!!!!!!!! La Perla wasnt a bad place. every place has the good and the bad...

LA GRINGA

Since: Dec 12

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#8 Nov 6, 2013
La Gringa wrote:
todo mierda!!!!!!!!!! crooked policia! broke down my doors and held guns to my head for NO REASON!!!!!!!!!! arrested good people. THEY ARE THE CROOKED ONES!!!!!!!!!! La Perla wasnt a bad place. every place has the good and the bad...
LA GRINGA
LOL!

This mess reminds of the good old days back in the old topix.

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