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20 charged in Ohio in operation to move hundreds of pounds of drugs from Mexico to U.S. Staff




CLEVELAND, Ohio — A federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland returned a superseding indictment charging twenty defendants for their roles in an international drug distribution conspiracy, which includes the illegal sales of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.

Julian Aguirre-Aguirre, also known as “El Chocolate,” led a Drug Trafficking Organization from Mexico that supplied hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, to members of the Drug Trafficking Organization in the United States.

A coordinated investigation by Drug Enforcement Administration offices in Tucson, Arizona, New Orleans, Louisiana, Atlanta, Georgia, Cleveland, Ohio and Akron, Ohio was able to expose the path and process by which these dangerous drugs entered the United States, traveled across the country, and made their way to Ohio communities.

In January of 2020, Arizona residents Delmer Perpuly, Ulises Perpuly and Cesar Perpuly were charged for their roles in delivering fifteen kilograms of cocaine to Eastlake, Ohio at the direction of “El Chocolate.”

The superseding indictment charges “El Chocolate” as the head of the Drug Trafficking Organization in Mexico, Delmer Perpuly, Ulises Perpuly and Cesar Perpuly for their roles as drug distributors operating out of Arizona, Herman L. Fletcher and Nelson L. Becton for their roles as drug distributors operating in Ohio, as well as fourteen others in Ohio for their roles in this drug distribution conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Summit County Drug Unit, Akron Police Department Narcotics, Lake County Narcotics Agency, and the Cleveland Heights Police Department, with operational assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Margaret A. Sweeney and Christopher J. Joyce.

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