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SRSSTF and Partners Take Down Drug-Trafficking Criminal Enterprise

Ofc. John O'Brien

Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:13 a.m.


FBI Seattle Division

Spokane Police Department

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

More than 100 federal, state, and local law enforcement agents coordinated arrest and search operations this week at approximately 15 locations throughout Spokane and Yakima, Washington, and in Idaho. Today’s operations led to the successful and safe arrests of 18, of the 22, subjects implicated in an alleged significant drug-trafficking enterprise. The subjects will face an array of charges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine. The arrests are the culmination of a two-year investigation by the Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force.

Investigators in Spokane, Washington; Yakima, Washington; and Post Falls, Idaho searched locations believed to contain evidence of the criminal activity of this enterprise and made numerous arrests.

Those arrested and sought include the following individuals:


  1. Marcos Ramirez-Mercado 45 Yakima, Washington
  2. Jose Alfredo Mendoza-Vaca 28 Spokane, Washington
  3. Milton Oswaldo Pena 45 Spokane Valley, Washington
  4. Giovanni Pena 48 Spokane Valley, Washington - Fugitive
  5. Federico Ramos-Perez 29 Spokane Valley, Washington
  6. Jose Antonio Rojas-Calvillo 26 Spokane, Washington - Fugitive
  7. Donald Reed Daniels 60 Spokane, Washington
  8. Juan Jose Navarro-Martinez 31 Spokane Valley, Washington
  9. Jorge Armando Hernandez-Vera 37 Spokane, Washington
  10. Francisco Martinez-Perez 33 Spokane Valley, Washington - Fugitive
  11. Enrique Eduardo Rodriguez-Mercado 42 Spokane, Washington
  12. Angel Rodriguez Amezcua 47 Spokane Valley, Washington
  13. Sergio L. Lopez 24 Spokane, Washington
  14. Nahum Martinez-Guadarrama 29 Spokane Valley, Washington
  15. Victor Alexander Rangel 31 Spokane, Washington - Fugitive
  16. Trevor Edward Fedele 21 Post Falls, Idaho
  17. Edward Wayne Fedele 43 Post Falls, Idaho
  18. Edson Marcos Ramirez 23 Yakima, Washington
  19. Joel Lyman 35 Nine Mile Falls, Washington
  20. Mireya Hernandez 51 Yakima, Washington
  21. Olton Leon Gaines 53 Spokane, Washington
  22. Horacio Luna-Cano 32 Spokane Valley, Washington

The charges contained in the federal indictments and complaints are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force—composed of the FBI, Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, and Spokane Valley Police Department—and other law enforcement agencies, including the Washington State Patrol, United States Border Patrol, the Washington State Department of Corrections, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The United States Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration were also integrally involved in this enforcement action. Today’s operations in Idaho were carried out by the FBI’s North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force.

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