A bag of crystal meth (AP)
ATLANTA -- United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates and the David G. Wilhelm Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force announced that 14 defendants were indicted for drug trafficking and money laundering on Wednesday.
United States Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman held a detention hearing for one group of defendants and ordered that each be detained on Monday.
According to a spokesperson for Yates, one of the 14 charged is Jose Luis Cano-Pacheco of Conyers, Ga. Together, the defendants are behind $1.6 million and multiple kilos of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine that were seized over a year-long investigation.
Also indicted was Aly Lozano of Alpharetta, David Gomez of Atlanta, Nicholas Jackson of Norcross and Darren Dunlap of Decatur. Others involved are from outside the Atlanta area, or of unknown residences.
Yates' spokesperson said Dunlap has not yet been arrested and is still at large.
According to Yates' office, with regard to the second indictment, the forces investigated the group charged in the first indictment, and OCDETF agencies and prosecutors started to follow evidence of a related Mexican crystal methamphetamine drug trafficking criminal organization that was also operating in the Atlanta area.
They charged five men with offenses including conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and launder drug money. Among the five men is Luis Santabanas of Austell.
Two of the defendants, Ivan Najera-Suazo and Alejandro Santana have yet to be arrested, and are said to be in Mexico.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of men still at large should contact U.S. Marshals Service 24-hour number (877-926-8332) or the DEA Atlanta Field Division at 404-893-7000.