Borger family members indicted in drug conspiracy case
Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:55:12 GMT —
A federal grand jury has indicted members of a well known Borger family involved in a drug conspiracy case.
Jose Fernandez, 37, Francisco Fernandez, 43, Aaron Fernandez, 26 and Thomas Salazar were each indicted Tuesday on one count of conspiracy to commit a drug offense.
Jose Fernandez was also charged with three substantive counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of running and illegal gambling business.
Additionally, Thomas Salazar is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Aaron Fernandez and another defendant David Escobar were also each charged with one count of running an illegal gambling business.
In the indictment, it is alleged that the defendants conspired to possess and distribute 500 grams or more of meth and five kilograms or more of cocaine.Read the court documents Drug conspiracy criminal complaint Structuring currency transactions criminal complaint
The indictment also alleges that Jose Fernandez, Aaron Fernandez and David Escobar operated an illegal sports book gambling operation.
Also included in the indictment was a forfeiture allegation that would require the defendants to forfeit the total amount of proceeds they may have obtained as a result of the offense. That includes, more than $600,000 in cash already seized, nine vehicles, including a camper, a boat, two Mercedez-Benz, a Bentley, and a Maserati and seven pieces of real property in Hutchinson County.
Felony information was also filed on Amy Fernandez, Francisco's wife. She is charged with one count of structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison with up to a $250,000 fine.
The investigation is ongoing, U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaa said.
The defendants remain on a pre-trial release after being originally arrested.