In a story ignored by the national liberal media, federal law officers of the DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, ATF, and the U.S. Attorney's Office arrested 10 people operating a cocaine distribution ring in West Virginia, seven of whom are illegal aliens, including two who are members of the notoriously violent gang MS-13.
The story did get local and regional coverage but it was completely ignored by the national media, according to a search of the Nexis news database.
The inter-agency investigation started in 2016 and the 10 alleged perpetrators were arrested and charged in early March 2018. Since that time, several of those charged have pleaded guilty.
As explained by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, "Authorities in West Virginia and Virginia searched more than a dozen properties, seizing 12.5 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $300,000, eleven firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and more than $100,000 in cash."
Those charged on multiple counts in the cocaine distribution network include,
- Rogelio Santacruz Godinez, also known as “Tramposo,” also known as “Trampa,” age 36, of Axton, Virginia, Mexican National
- Jose Alfredo Santacruz Godinez, also known as “Sandoval,” of Axton, Virginia, Mexican National
- Guadalupe Ibarra-Ayon, also known as “Lupe,” age 30, of Winchester, Virginia, Mexican National
- Eduardo Hernandez Sanchez, also known as “Lalo,” age 42, of W, West Virginia, Mexican National
- Suspected MS-13 Gang Member Jose Santiago Cruz-Delcid, also known as “Trucko,” also known as “Truckito,” age 38, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, El Salvador National
- Confirmed MS-13 Gang Member Miguel Angel Cruz-Polanco, age 34, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, El Salvdaor National
- Adam Gunn, II, age 30, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Adam Bensaid, age 19, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Rogelio Martinez-Rojas, age 34, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Mexican National
- Kenneth Biermann-Ruz, also known as “Ruz,” also known as “Chile,” age 29, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
“This investigation lasted nearly two years and involved the cooperative efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies," said U.S. Attorney Bill Powell in a press release. "When those efforts were combined with the work of our Assistant U.S. Attorneys the stage was set for results, including the indictments that have now been returned by the Grand Jury."
"We are a small district and task forces, like the one that worked this investigation, are a force multiplier," he said. "I can’t thank the task force, its leaders, and participating agencies enough for their dedicated work in this investigation."
We will "pursue all of those who come into this district thinking they can distribute poison in our communities," said Powell. "Whether that poison is the form of cocaine, like in these indictments, heroin, fentanyl, or methamphetamine, we will relentlessly pursue them."
"This investigation has shown that violent gangs like MS-13 are attempting infiltrate our state," he said. "If you are MS-13, do not come here. We know what you stand for, we will find you, and we will prosecute you for violations of the law."