Montebello Man Charged in Federal Probe into Drug Ring

By City News Service

A Montebello man was among nine people charged Wednesday in a federal probe of a drug-trafficking ring allegedly led by two brothers who oversaw the distribution of cocaine to Italy and methamphetamine sales throughout the United States.

Eliseo Carrillo Duarte, 45, is currently in federal custody in Indianapolis after being arrested there in March on unrelated drug-trafficking charges stemming from the seizure of about 10 pounds of meth, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He was among those charged in a seven-count indictment unsealed in Los Angeles which targets the Urena family drug-trafficking organization.

The investigation, dubbed ‘Operation Family Guy,’ resulted in the seizure of about 40 kilograms of cocaine being smuggled into Italy from the Dominican Republic and Mexico, according to federal prosecutors.

The cocaine was being trafficked by female drug couriers allegedly recruited by siblings Milton and Rafael Urena, who were allegedly assisted by their uncle Francisco Javier Vargas-Oseguera and others.

The probe also uncovered a conspiracy to distribute significant quantities of meth and cocaine throughout the United States through the use of vehicles with hidden compartments, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The indictment also alleges that members of the narcotics-trafficking operation laundered drug proceeds from the Dominican Republic through the use of Western Union wire transfers sent to Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga.

Those also named in the indictment are:

—Milton Urena, 29, of the Dominican Republic, who is currently being sought by authorities;

—Rafael Urena, 27, of Rancho Cucamonga, who was arrested Wednesday;

—Daniel Alejandro Agredano Vazquez, 22, of the Dominican Republic, who allegedly oversaw the distribution of cocaine from the Dominican Republic to Italy and conspired to launder drug proceeds, and who is currently being sought by authorities;

—Francisco Javier Vargas-Oseguera, 51, an uncle of the Urena brothers, previously of Seattle and recently of Fontana. He is currently in federal custody in Seattle after being charged in federal court there in relation to his alleged possession of eight pounds of methamphetamine in a case unrelated to Operation ‘Family Guy’;

—Leonel Urena-Partida, 49, of Guadalajara, Mexico, another uncle of the Urena brothers, who allegedly conspired to transport cocaine to Italy, and who is being sought by authorities;

—Carmen Garcia, 35, of San Bernardino, who was arrested Wednesday for allegedly supplying methamphetamine and assisting with the recruitment of drug couriers;

—Jenna Michelle Martin, 25, of Upland, an alleged drug courier who was arrested Wednesday; and

—Beth Rene Ford, 26, formerly of Ontario and now living in the Denver area. The alleged drug courier is expected to self-surrender soon to authorities.

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