US atty: 22 arrested in drug-trafficking probe

September 16, 2010 11:13:20 AM PDT
A top prosecutor says the arrests this week of about 20 members of the Gangster 2-6 Nation are part of a push to dismantle Chicago's street gangs. Authorities on Thursday announced that a 15-month drug-trafficking investigation has led to the arrests of 22 people, most of them members of the 2-6 Nation gang.

The U.S. attorney's office says those now in custody include an alleged high-ranking leader of a faction of that gang.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald told reporters that Wednesday's arrests won't by themselves collapse the entrenched network of gangs in Chicago. But he says it's a step toward bringing down what he described as one of many separate pyramid organizations.

Officials say most of the suspects face federal cocaine and marijuana charges.

A list of the federal defendants (with best known ages and last known residences) and their charged roles in the complaint follows:

Count One: conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, Jan 11-14, 2010

Francisco Masias, aka "Swoll" and "Cisco," 31, of Berwyn
Jose Maldonado, aka "Spook," 32, of Chicago
Teodoro Gorostieta, 23, unknown
Carlos Hernandez Ramirez, aka "Jesse Martinez" and "Jesse," 51, of Chicago

Count Two: possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, May 20, 2010

Randy Ramirez, 31, of Chicago
Juan Maldonado, 19, unknown
Ruben Tello, 21, of Chicago

Count Three: possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, June 19, 2010

Francisco Montemayor, aka "Kiko," 29, of Cicero

Count Four: possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Feb. 1, 2010

Edwin Rodriguez, 24, of Riverside
Denise Aceves, 22, of Riverside

Count Five: possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Jan. 16, 2010

Jorge Covarrubias, 31, of Chicago

Count Six: possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, April 21, 2010

Jose Garcia, aka "Beast," 40, of Chicago

Count Seven: conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, Dec. 7, 2009 - Jan. 14, 2010

Michael Vaca, aka "Mikey," 31, of Chicago
Steven Dragon, 30, of Comstock Park, Mich.

Count Eight: manufacturing more than 100 marijuana plants, April - June 30,2010

Jason Herrera, aka "J," 29, of Berwyn
Efrain Diaz aka "Fro," 31, of Chicago
Andrew Vela, aka "Drew," 29,of Berwyn and Newark, Ill.
Adrian Bernal,aka "T," 27, of Chicago
Shaun Dodson, 28, of Burbank

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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