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14 charged with conspiring to traffic meth to Augusta area

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 4:33 PM
Last updated Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 1:51 AM
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Authorities charged 14 people in federal court Thursday with conspiring to traffic large amounts of methamphetamine from Mexico to Augusta-area counties.



The charges follow a joint investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the State of Georgia Pardons and Parole Office, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver’s office.

“This Mexico-based criminal enterprise is alleged to have established its methamphetamine distribution base of operations within the Central Savannah River Area and, after an intensive investigation culminated in a extensive law enforcement action this week, those operations have come to a sudden end,” said Mark F. Giuliano, the special agent in charge at the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office.

According to the statement, the suspects have been charged with conspiring to traffic meth from Mexico to Richmond, Columbia and McDuffie counties.

Of the 14 people charged with conspiracy to traffic, 11 have been arrested: Florentino Binzha-Elisa, 46, of Warrenville; Gilberto Fabona Gaona, 38, of Augusta; Jesus Avala Lombera 32, of Augusta; Oscar Piedra, 39, of Augusta; Fidel Sanchez Garcia, 32, of Augusta; Henri Vertez Travis, 38, of Hephzibah; Tyler James Barcenas, 21, of Augusta; Naun Padilla, 34, of Augusta; Huber Romero, 37, of Augusta; Victor Eduardo Ovalle Jr., 20, of Harlem; and Jose Ines Davila, 34, of North Augusta.

Authorities are still seeking Eduardo Juarez Gallegos, 44, of Ridgeland, S.C.; Jorge Perez Rodriguez, 31, of Harlem; and Maximo Moreno, 70, of Harlem.

If found guilty, each defendant will face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million.

Tarver is also seeking to forfeit personal property involved in the offenses, including more than $2 million made through drug trafficking.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the three remaining defendants can call the FBI Augusta Field Office at (706) 722-3702.

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cruiser93
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cruiser93 10/19/13 - 07:22 am
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Breaking Bad....

This is what happens when Law Enforcement "breaks bad". Great job to all involved!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/19/13 - 08:16 am
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Brand new pickups with new "Mexico license plates" in CC
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Wonder what they are up to? De La Fuentes from West Lake?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/19/13 - 08:17 am
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The Mexicans who live next to the USA border can drive anywhere
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The Mexicans who live next to the USA border can drive anywhere

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/19/13 - 08:18 am
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De la Fuentes lives on in CC. Look around amigos.
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De la Fuentes lives on in CC. Look around amigos.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/13 - 08:30 am
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Most Discussed

How did this story jump up to number 4 on the Most Discussed list with only one comment? Don't tell me the Most Discussed list is not manipulated.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 10/19/13 - 08:34 am
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Excellent!

Great job by all our law enforcement friends! I hope that I get jury duty on this one.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/19/13 - 10:03 am
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haah //of course it is llamb

Don't tell me the Most Discussed list is not manipulated.

Just like we are..:)

db16
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db16 10/19/13 - 10:51 am
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Citizenship

And what is the common denominator in all of those charged in the list above? I wonder if they are all LEGAL and will face Criminal Charges here in our Country or will they be shipped back to Me-HEE-Ko and dumped at the border...laughing all the way to the Bank of Mexico? But our El Presidente' wants to legalize all of them with fast track citizenship...Give me a break!

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itsanotherday1 10/19/13 - 01:14 pm
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Excellent observation db16.

Excellent observation db16.

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carcraft 10/19/13 - 05:34 pm
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ah, don't want to send them

ah, don't want to send them back to Mexico, just doing the work Americans won't!

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