The Feds Unraveled a Large Dallas Drug Ring After Being Invited Into a Weed-Filled House

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It was a sweltering afternoon in early July when several DEA agents and police officers showed up at the house at 1215 Lebanon Avenue, a tiny, burnt-orange home fronting some railroad tracks in Oak Cliff. They weren't sure what to expect. It was just a friendly knock-and-talk, meaning they had no warrant. But one never knows how inhabitants of a suspected drug house will react when several police, badges and uniforms clearly visible, descend upon them en masse.

The front door was propped open when they arrived, and they were invited inside, where they were greeted by Jose Roberto Reyna-Cardenas, who took them into a rear bedroom to talk. The DEA agents asked for permission to search the house, which Reyna-Cardenas granted without a pause.

The ink from his signature wasn't even dry when the agents determined that the search would not be very arduous. The acrid scent of marijuana was already overwhelming and, turning slightly, they spotted several very large bundles of weed stacked by the bedroom door. Another agent found similar bundles in a separate bedroom, along with a high-capacity digital scale. Even more was stuffed into black trash bags filling the bathroom cabinets.

Reyna-Cardenas spoke freely with police. He lived at the house, but the weed wasn't his, he explained. It was stored there until he would get a call from his business associates telling him how much a certain customer needed, and he would weigh and package the drugs for delivery. The handgun police found behind the hot water heater wasn't his, either, though he did volunteer that he is in the country illegally.

All told, police seized 611 pounds of weed from the Oak Cliff home that afternoon, but it was clear that Reyna-Cardenas wasn't exactly in business for himself. The DEA and other law enforcement agencies spent the next three-and-a-half months piecing together who else was involved.

The result is the federal indictment filed last week and unsealed today. It accussed Reyna-Cardenas and 17 others of engaging in a conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Along with Reyna-Cardenas, there are, among others, Gordo (rough translation: Fatty), whose given name is Andres Hernandez Jr.; Lentes (Glasses), or Pedro Menchaca; and Chaparro (Shorty), or Virgilio Delacruz Espinoza.

During the sweep, the feds seized lots of marijuana, some cocaine, multiple cars, and several guns. Gordo, Lentes, and Gordo's wife, Griselda Hernandez are also charged with laundering money through a front business.

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Attaboy_DEA
Attaboy_DEA

Even though Texans  are more supportive marijuana legalization over gay marriage, it's amazing that Dallas Observer writers will be on the front lines vehemently waving the flag for the right of men to marry each other (and the right to kill babies) but will write "attaboy" articles like this one for the DEA. 

 

In a May 2010 UT Austin poll, 42% of Texans supported legalizing marijuana.  33% Texas Republicans supported legalizing marijuana:

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/txp_media/html/poll/features/201005_marijuana/slide1.html

 

In a February 2010 UT Austin poll, 28% of Texans supported legalizing gay marriage.  Only 11% of Texas Republicans supported gay marriage:

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/txp_media/html/poll/features/201002_gay_marriage/slide1.html

 

 

CornyDogs
CornyDogs

Legalize and regulate it.  Puts the drug runners out of business.  

rubbercow
rubbercow

Sweet! Again, just a couple of blocks from my house! So, just in the past few days - illegal immigrants with 15 assault weapons and illegal aliens running what sounds like a crime house. Aren't these awesome folks just here to live better lives?

Attaboy_DEA
Attaboy_DEA

Eric Nicholson should have titled his article: "The Feds Unraveled a Large Dallas Drug Ring, Which Will Change Nothing Because Managing Editor Patrick Williams and His Dallas Observer Writers Love Pot."

Attaboy_Goofy
Attaboy_Goofy

 @rubbercow

We can all imagine how white and Republican Texas would really be with rocket scientists like you in charge. Criminals and criminality exist in every race, color and creed, but stick to the 'confirmation bias koolaid' and Faux News. They are made for sheep like you.

amazingdivershitty
amazingdivershitty

@rubbercow How dare you not celebrate the countless innumerable infinite rich amazing vibrant benefits of Divershitty!

Attaboy_Goofy
Attaboy_Goofy

 @Attaboy_DEA

Wow you're attributing a lot of political and law enforcement clout to a left wing newspaper like the DO.

 

In other words, you don't have the slightest idea what you are talking about.

But continue your confusion unabated.

suckmyass
suckmyass

 @Attaboy_Goofy  Where does OP say Dallas Observer has political clout with anyone, except with backpage, asian "massage parlors" and liquor bars. 

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