Seven North Texas residents are in federal custody after their arrests last week for their roles in a heroin distribution conspiracy.
Brittany Anders, 31, of Rowlett; Sixto Rivera Bustillos, 43, of Garland; Jancs Fraire of Dallas; Rene Rodriguez, 30, of Dallas; Yovani Loyd Rodriguez, 22, of Dallas; Daniel Rojo, 31, of Allen and Marcus Stokes, 30, of Plano are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute.
Anders and Rojo are also each charged with one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Anders faces an additional charge of one count of distribution of heroin.
Fraire and Rodriguez are each charged with one count possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Fraire is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Bustillos and Fraire each face one count of distribution of heroin. Rodriguez faces two such counts.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the Garland, Allen and Rockwall Police Departments, made the arrests.
The seven defendants appeared in federal court Friday. Detention hearings are being held this week.
If convicted, the conspiracy count is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison. The firearm count carries a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison. The heroin distribution counts carry a maximum of 20 years and methamphetamine is punishable by a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40.
The defendants would also have to give up a business on Corinth Street in Dallas and some guns if convicted.