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Waukegan cocaine probe nets 18 indictments

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Indictments

Also indicted were: Saul Flores-Avina, 24, of Waukegan, identified by police as a local courier of supply, was charged with calcualted criminal drug conspiracy and maunfacture/delivery of a controlled substance -- cocaine. He was ordered held on $1 million bond.

Adalberto “The Cook” Gallardo, 37, of the 400 block of Oakwood Avenue in Waukegan, was charged with streetgang criminal drug conspiracy and three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on $1 million bond.

Eder Gallardo, 19, also of the 400 block of Oakwood Avenue in Waukegan, was charged with streetgang criminal drug conspiracy and ytwo counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on $1 million bond.

Carlos “Jerry Mendoza” Matamoros, of Waukegan, was charged with two counts of streetgang criminal drug conspiracy and three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Arturo “Shorty” Palma, 26, of Waukegan, identified by police as a street-level dealer, was charged with two counts of streetgang criminal drug conspiracy and three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Adrian Salgado, 25, of Waukegan, identified by police as a street-level dealer, was charged with two counts of streetgang criminal drug conspiracy and three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy, the release said. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Rogelio Fajardo, 50, of Beach Park, was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Steven Zielak, 24, of Waukegan, was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Efrain Sajuan, 45, of Waukegan, was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Marcos Antonio “Spider” Garibay, 36, of Waukegan, was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Jose “Chunkie” Zavala, 39, of Waukegan, identified by police as a street-level buyer, was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Daniel Rogel, 25, of Gurnee, who police identified as a street-level buyer, was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Tomas Banuelos, 34, of Round Lake Beach, who police identified as a street-level buyer, was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Juan Macias-Rodarte, 38, of Waukegan, another person who police said was a street-level buyer, was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

Jose Hurtado, 47, of Beach Park, who police identified as a street-level buyer, was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

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Updated: May 28, 2013 8:33PM



WAUKEGAN — A months long drug trafficking investigation drug led to the indictments of 18 people for the manufacture and distribution of narcotics from Mexico, police said Wednesday. Police allege the trafficking organization involved Waukegan street gang members.

“They were taking delivery of kilos of powdered cocaine,” said Sgt. Dave DeBaufer of the Waukegan Police Department.

“We started our investigation in December, so in those three months were taking about half a million in cocaine,” he said, basing the street value price of a kilo of cocaine at $133,000.

Besides striking a major blow to cocaine sales in the Waukegan area, the arrests also netted a well known soccer league official, Fajardo Rogelio, 50, of the 12000 block of Mawman, Beach Park, who is one of the founders of the Waukegan Soccer League. He was charged with calculated criminal drug conspiracy and is being held on $1 million bond.

Rogelio’s arrest took local police by surprise. “He’s been involved in soccer for a long, long time. He always portrayed himself as a upstanding citizen,” he said, “but he was making outright purchases from Gallardo.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office and Waukegan police conducted the investigation and issued arrest warrants March 20, according to a Waukegan police release. All 18 defendants remain in custody pending detention hearings next week.

The DEA and Waukegan police’s Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU) spent “hundreds of hours” gathering intelligence and discovered an organized drug trafficking organization operating in the Waukegan area with connections to California and Mexico, Waukegan police said.

Many of those indicted are known gang members who utilized their gang connections to distribute the drugs, according to Waukegan police.

The main target of the investigation was Alfonso “Grande” Gallardo, of the 400 block of Oakwood Avenue in Waukegan, who obtained cocaine from Noe Perez-Delgado, of Ontario, Cal., and from a local address in the 1000 block of Atlantic Avenue in Waukegan. Perez-Delgado was Gallardo’s main connection in California, Waukegan police said.

Gallardo then had members of his immediate family prepare and package the drugs for local distribution to lower-level gang members, who distributed the drugs throughout the community, according to Waukegan police.

“We believe the main guy (Alfonso Gallardo) is going to be in some serious trouble with his connections in California (who get the cocaine from Mexico). He’s probably safer in prison,” said DeBaufer. Gallardo was picked up as he went to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, for back surgery.

Perez-Delgado, 29, was charged with two counts of streetgang criminal drug conspiracy, three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy, and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance — cocaine. He was ordered held on $1 million bond.

Alfonso Gallardo, 46, was charged with two counts of streetgang criminal drug conspiracy and three counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. He was ordered held on a $2 million bond.

Alfonso Gallardo’s wife, Maria Ontiveros, 41, was charged with streetgang criminal drug conspiracy and two counts of calculated criminal drug conspiracy. She was ordered held on a $1 million bond.

DeBaufer said these indictments are part of a bigger ongoing investigation.

STM Wire contributed to this report



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