U.S. ATTORNEY CHARGES FUGITIVE DRUG DEALER WITH CONSPIRACY AND ATTEMPT TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE

United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
MAY 13, 2011 ELLEN DAVIS, JERIKA RICHARDSON
MANHATTAN PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, and JAMES T. HAYES, JR., the
Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of Immigration and
Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations
(“HSI”), announced today the unsealing of a Complaint charging
ANTHONY GONZALEZ, who had been a fugitive since March 25, 2011,
with conspiracy and attempt to distribute large quantities of
cocaine. GONZALEZ was arrested yesterday in New Rochelle, New
York, and was presented in Manhattan federal court earlier today.
According to the Complaint filed in Manhattan federal
court:
Between February 2011 and March 25, 2011, ANTHONY
GONZALEZ and others conspired to distribute kilogram quantities
of cocaine. A Complaint was previously filed charging ROBERTO
MARTINEZ, who allegedly participated in the conspiracy with
GONZALEZ, with violations of federal narcotics laws.
MARTINEZ was arrested on March 25, 2011, as a drug
transaction occurred near a restaurant in the vicinity of Tenth
Avenue and West 34th Street in Manhattan. GONZALEZ, who was also
involved in that transaction, tried to flee by car. He drove in
the direction of two ICE agents, one of whom fired shots at the
vehicle GONZALEZ was driving. GONZALEZ then drove over a
retaining wall and escaped the scene.
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Mr. BHARARA praised the outstanding investigative work
of the New York office of ICE HSI. Mr. BHARARA added that the
investigation is continuing.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Narcotics
Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney MICHAEL FERRARA is in charge of
the prosecution.
The charges contained in the Complaint are merely
accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty.
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