Two Lexington men face a hearing in federal court Monday in a case in which authorities confiscated more than $1.8 million in cash and more than 135 "bricks" of cocaine, according to court documents.
A federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent filed criminal complaints in U.S. District Court Feb. 19 against Cesar Edgardo Mariscal Felix, 30, and Jorge Armando Gomez Macias, 27, who were charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine, according to court documents.
Kyle Edelen, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Lexington said he could not say where the men were in custody. DEA officials and attorneys for the men did not immediately return phone calls on Thursday.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers, working at a weigh station found 90 kilograms of cocaine in a semi-tractor and trailer on Feb. 15, according to a affidavit attached to a complaint from DEA special agent Troey Stout,
The driver of the tractor trailer told authorities he left Santa Fe Springs, Calif., on Feb. 13 and was scheduled to meet a representative or representatives from an unknown drug trafficking organization in Lexington on Feb. 16.
According to the driver, he first became involved with the drug trafficking organization while driving semi-tractor trailers in California and had made two other trips to Lexington within the last month where he had been given boxes of money from members of the organization to return to California, the affidavit said. The driver said he picked up the boxes of money at a meeting location near the intersection of Georgetown Road and Nandino Boulevard.
Law enforcement officials set up an operation in Lexington at approximately 6:07 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 16.
Surveillance confirmed that Felix gave the driver boxes that contained an excess of $1.8 million stored in heat sealed bags in exchange for boxes that law enforcement officials had filled with a "non-controlled substance,'' the affidavit said. Macias accompanied Felix to meet the driver, the affidavit said. Law enforcement officials followed the two suspects to Duval Street in Lexington, according to court documents.
During the execution of a search warrant at a home on Duval Street near Tates Creek Road on Feb. 17, investigators discovered approximately 45 additional bricks of cocaine, a drug debt ledger, heat sealers, four money counters, numerous cellular telephones, a set of digital scales, and a Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol.
"Based on my knowledge, training, and experience, the amount of the cocaine discovered, coupled with the other drug paraphernalia discovered, is indicative of a major cocaine distribution center," Stout, the DEA agent said in his affidavit.
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