Two Texas men have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas, recently announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox.
Rodolfo Javier Falcon, 36, of Titus County, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute controlled substances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven Aug. 20. Falcon agreed to forfeit $5 million in drug proceeds.
Jose Armando Rosales-Bernal, 27, of Dallas County, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute controlled substances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven on Sept. 1. Rosales-Bernal agreed to forfeit $4 million in drug proceeds; $234,971.00 in U.S. currency; his home in Dallas, Texas; numerous firearms; two luxury watches; a gold necklace with a rooster-shaped pendant covered in jewels; and three vehicles, including a Dodge Charger Hellcat.
According to information presented in court, Falcon, Rosales-Bernal, and others conspired to distribute more than 150 kilograms of Mexican cocaine in Dallas, East Texas, and beyond. In fact, Falcon and others—including two children—were stopped in Tennessee carrying nine kilograms of cocaine to distribute in North Carolina. The organization was also responsible for shipping drug proceeds, in the form of bulk cash, back to Mexico. For example, law enforcement intercepted one bulk cash shipment of approximately $350,000.00. Rosales-Bernal and Falcon both occupied leadership roles in the drug trafficking organization, which also distributed methamphetamine. During the investigation, law enforcement observed several members of the organization—including Rosales-Bernal—carrying firearms. Rosales-Bernal admitted that he possessed multiple firearms because he knew that the large quantity of drugs being trafficked by the organization made their activities inherently dangerous. Rosales-Bernal also described how he spent his drug proceeds on lavish lifestyle items, including a Dodge Charger Hellcat, flashy watches, a jewel encrusted rooster necklace, and numerous pairs of shoes and boots.
Under federal statutes, Falcon faces at least 10 years and up to life in federal prison at sentencing; Rosales-Bernal faces at least five years and up to 40 years in federal prison at sentencing. The statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
Operation Dirty Bird is a long-term drug trafficking and money-laundering investigation that has already led to the seizure of more than $500,000.00 in U.S. Currency, almost 40 kilograms of cocaine, more than a quarter kilogram of methamphetamine, nine firearms, and multiple vehicles.
Rosales-Bernal, Julio Villarreal, Armando Moreno Jr., Falcon, Gerardo Cabrera Ramirez, Claudia Claribel Gardea, Jose Geraldo Ornelas-Pineda, Dalia Janes Campos Rosales, Eleazar Martinez Reyes, and David Martinez were previously charged and arrested as a result of this investigation. Ornelas-Pineda and Moreno have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Rosales-Bernal, Villarreal, Falcon, Ramirez, Reyes, and Gardea have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Campos Rosales and Martinez have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. This case is pending in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas.
If convicted, Campos Rosales and Martinez face a minimum of 15 years and as much as life in federal prison.Incidents reported by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department
A burglary of a coin machine and criminal mischief was reported Aug. 27 on Hwy. 59 North when an ice house was damaged and burglarized.
Arrests made by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department
Bessie Mae Alexander was arrested Aug. 31 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of property more than $100, less than $750, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2, more than 4 grams, less than 400 grams, two counts of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of marijuana more than 2 ounces, less than 4 ounces.
Jason Hunter Alexander was arrested Aug. 31 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Chrystal Nicole Crumrine was arrested Aug. 31 on charges of violation of probation/forgery of a financial instrument.
Howard Donald Green was arrested Aug. 31 on multiple Marion County warrants.
Kimberly Anne Pierce was arrested Aug. 31 on possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than 1 gram.
Dwayne Scott Steel was arrested Aug. 31 on two Nacogdoches County warrants.
Arrests made by the Marshall Police Department
Alaura Chantel Laney, 28, was arrested Aug. 31 on charges of possession of drug paraphenalia.
Arnold Otto French, 49, was arrested Aug. 31 on possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, more than 1 gram, less than 4 grams, resist arrest search of transport, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespass and three MPD warrants.
Deandre Christopher Brown, 26, was arrested Aug. 31 on charges of delivery of marijuana less than 1/4 ounce, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than 1 gram and possession of a dangerous drug.
Clinton Wesley Burns, 56, was arrested Aug. 31 on charges of public intoxication.
Terrence Terrell Stephenson, 21, was arrested Aug. 31 on charges associated with two HCSO warrants.
Garry Dawayne Powell, 19, was arrested Aug. 31 on charges MPD warrant.
Andre Lamon Raven, 24, was arrested Sept. 1 on charges of parole violation.
Incidents reported by the Marshall Police Department
A criminal trespass was reported Aug. 31 in the 1600 block of Hynson Street.
A burglary of a habitation was reported Aug. 31 in the 1500 block of MLK Boulevard.
A harassment was reported Aug. 31 in the 800 block of Lindsey Drive.
A criminal mischief was reported Aug. 31 in the 1300 block of Tiger Drive.
A burglary of a habitation was reported Aug. 31 in the 1100 block of Alvin Street.