Mexican Drug Ring Busted, 2 Million In Cocaine Seized

Published: Dec. 12, 2007 at 10:11 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2007 at 10:58 PM EST
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Cleveland, OH - Cleveland's Chief of Police along with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff, Cleveland FBI, and the HIDTA Task Force announced the arrests of three Mexican nationals following a month long international drug trafficking investigation.

The arrests resulted in the seizure of 14 kilo's of cocaine worth more than 2 million dollars, more than $80,000 cash, and a customized truck equipped with hidden compartments used to conceal contraband.

The arrested males were representatives of two separate competing trafficking organizations both based out of Sinaloa, Mexico.

The investigation into the illicit activities of one organization led to the identification of the second organization.  The seizures from the two trafficking rings occurred within miles of each other on Cleveland's west side.

Arrested and facing Federal drug trafficking charges are Heriberto Gastelum-Calderon, Pedro Alvarez Corral and Delphin Feliciano Perez.  Each male is in Federal custody and will face prosecution by the United States Attorney's Office under the direction of US Attorney Greg White.

HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) is a drug interdiction task force comprised of local law enforcement agencies.  Members of Cleveland's HIDTA include Cleveland Police and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office as well as police departments from Brookpark, Rocky River, Independence, Broadview Hts., Newburgh Hts. and Woodmere.

Investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Brooklyn Police also assisted in the investigation.