Eight men were indicted for their roles in conspiracy that brought large amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico into Texas and then to the Cleveland area.
Named in the 15-count indictment are: Jose Palacio, 40, of McAllen, Texas; Efren Vega, 47, of Cleveland; Heleodoro Zepeda, 40, of Texas; Hugo Aguilar, 38, of Mission, Texas; Jacobo Banda-Bermudez, 44, of Mexico; William Overdear, 50, of Cleveland; Anthony W. Konicek, 40, of Cleveland, and Abdel Khalil, 44, of North Ridgeville.
According to the indictment Palacio, Zepeda, Aguilar and Banda-Bermudez got kilogram quantities of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from suppliers in Mexico. They then used family members, friends and vehicles equipped with hidden compartments to ship the drugs across the border into Texas, according to the indictment.
Palacio and Zepeda distributed some of the drugs to Vega in Cleveland. The rest went to suppliers in Houston. This took place in 2014 and 2015.
The indictment also states that Palacio, Zepeda and Aguilar robbed rival drug traffickers of their drugs in McAllen, Texas and provided anonymous tips to police so rival drug dealers would be arrested.