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Drug trafficking cartel arrests made in city

Federal authorities announced on Thursday the arrest of more than 84 North Texas members of methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking cells associated with Mexico’s La Familia Michoacana cartel.

Three suspects from Grand Prairie were listed in Federal Indictments:

  • Ignacio Herrera-Carranza a.k.a. "Nacho", 34
  • Noe Morales, Jr., 27
  • Jose Guadalupe Gonzalez, 29

All three suspects have been charged with:

  • Conspiracy with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
    Punishment - not less than 4 years up to 40 years in prison, up to a $4 million fine.
  • Conspiracy with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
    Punishment - not less than 10 years up to life in prison, up to a $4 million fine.
Herrera-Carranza and Morales have also been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Its punishment is 20 years in prison, up to a $500,000 fine.

“The La Familia Michoacana Cartel is one of the largest and most well-established methamphetamine sources of supply operating within the United States. Our efforts, combined with those of our many other law enforcement partners represented here, have resulted in a multitude of arrests and the seizure of a large volume of illegal drugs from this trafficking organization,” said Special Agent in Charge James L. Capra of the Dallas Field Division’s Drug Enforcement Administration. “This operation is evidence that the law enforcement community at large will not stand idly by while drug trafficking organizations attempt to fight for and gain criminal control of our communities across North Texas.”

Capra thanked the Grand Prairie Police for its assistance in the investigation and the arrests in Grand Prairie.

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