Drug trafficking organization allegedly caught smuggling heroin in red peppers

Drug trafficking organization allegedly caught smuggling heroin in red peppers

Drug trafficking organization allegedly caught smuggling heroin in red peppers

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 4:54 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 3:08 PM

SEATTLE, Wash. -- DEA agents busted a drug trafficking organization distributing large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to Washington.

Law enforcement officers seized more than 56 pounds on heroin and more than eight pounds of methamphetamine.

Not only is the group suspected of trying to transport drugs, but police say they went out of their way to disguise them. Police say the traffickers wrapped the drugs in mustard and red peppers, which is a method used to mask the smell of heroin from drug dogs.

Investigators began following the group in 2011. They say they have evidence from wire taps and intercepted text messages.

If convicted, the 13 defendants in this case will face a mandatory minimum of ten years is prison because of the amount of drugs involved.

A grand jury indicted the following defendants:

Antonio Zuniga-Barajas, 29 of Kennewick, Washington
Javier Zuniga-Ochoa, 50, Kennewick, Washington
Hector M. Hernandez-Hernandez, 36, of Vancouver, Washington
Enrique Orozco-Rojas, 37, Kennewick, Washington
Pedro Barragan-Valdovinos, 39, of Pasco, Washington
Braulio Zuniga-Cervantes, 30, of Kent, Washington
Jose Manuel Pardo-Martinez, 32, of Aberdeen, Washington
Esgardo Daniel Martinez-Pizano, 18, of Aberdeen, Washington
Victor Carmona-Tapia, 28, of Everett, Washington
Omar Valencia-Barajas, 24, of Everett, Washington
Jose Trinidad Cuevas-Mendoza, 32, of Monroe, Washington
Alberto Bernal-Rodriguez, 43, of Vancouver, Washington
Omar Huerta-Garcia, 29, of Pasco, Washington

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