10, including 2 MS-13 gang members, indicted in multi-state drug operation
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WSET) -- After nearly a two-year investigation into a drug trafficking operation that spanned multiple states, including Virginia and West Virginia, 10 people, including two MS-13 gang members, have been indicted on federal charges.
Authorities searched more than a dozen properties, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced, seizing 12.5 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $300,000, 11 firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and more than $100,000 in cash.
Those indicted on multiple counts in connection with the drug distribution operation include:
- Rogelio Santacruz Godinez, also known as “Tramposo,” also known as “Trampa,” age 36, of Axton, Virginia, Citizen of Mexico
- Jose Alfredo Santacruz Godinez, also known as “Sandoval,” of Axton, Virginia, Citizen of Mexico
- Guadalupe Ibarra-Ayon, also known as “Lupe,” age 30, of Winchester, Virginia, Citizen of Mexico
- Eduardo Hernandez Sanchez, also known as “Lalo,” age 42, of W, West Virginia, Citizen of Mexico
- Suspected MS-13 Gang Member Jose Santiago Cruz-Delcid, also known as “Trucko,” also known as “Truckito,” age 38, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, Citizen of El Salvador
- Confirmed MS-13 Gang Member Miguel Angel Cruz-Polanco, age 34, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Citizen of El Salvdaor
- Adam Gunn, II, age 30, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Adam Bensaid, age 19, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Rogelio Martinez-Rojas, age 34, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Citizen of Mexico
- Kenneth Biermann-Ruz, also known as “Ruz,” also known as “Chile,” age 29, of Martinsburg, West Virginia
Prosecutors said the investigation involved the cooperative efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
"This cooperative effort, through the use of a task force, is the perfect example of how such an investigation should be run. These agencies worked together, were not worried about who got credit, combined resources, and got big results," Powell said. "This investigation has shown that violent gangs like MS-13 are attempting infiltrate our state. If you are MS-13, do not come here. We know what you stand for, we will find you, and we will prosecute you for violations of the law."
Powell also said it's important to state that there are a number of ongoing investigations.
An indictment is merely an accusation.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.