SAN ANTONIO - Nine men have been arrested on federal charges of distributing cocaine and money laundering, officials said.
The men arrested are:
- Leroy Sarpenter, 44
- Roy Perkins, 38
- Demetrius Goode (aka "Dale Wilkins"), 37
- Andre Johnson, 44
- Jacob Cavazos (aka "J-Dawg"), 28
- Kenneth Brown (aka "Bean"), 44
- Terrance Stevenson, 41
- Damaneion Goode (aka "D-Down"), 39
- Larry Johnson (aka "Skull"), 46
A two-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charges the defendants with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to the indictment, the defendants distributed multi-kilograms of cocaine since January 2015 on the city's East Side, a U.S. Attorney's news release said.
The suspects remain in federal custody pending detention hearings expected next week in U.S. Magistrate Court in San Antonio.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the San Antonio Police Department, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the case with help from various local and federal law enforcement agencies.
"The recent arrests take us a step closer to making our community safer. We will continue to work to bring justice to those who threaten the safety of our great city," said SAPD Chief William McManus.
Upon conviction, the defendants face between 10 years and life in prison on the drug conspiracy charge and up to 20 years in federal prison on the money laundering conspiracy charge.
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