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Mexico-to-Chicago drug pipeline dismantled: Feds

The alleged drug trafficking occurred in South Loop and Streeterville.

Federal prosecutors used these photos as evidence of a drug pipeline between Mexico and the U.S.
Federal prosecutors used these photos as evidence of a drug pipeline between Mexico and the U.S.
U.S. Attorney’s Office

Federal investigators claim they have dismantled a cocaine pipeline form Mexico to Chicago.

An investigation led to the seizure of about 18 kilograms of cocaine and more than $300,000 dollars in suspected drug proceeds, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern Illinois District said in a statement.

The alleged drug trafficking happened in 2019 in a South Loop parking garage and a Streeterville high-rise, and in Plainfield and Bolingbrook, prosecutors said.

Andrew Villegas, 30, of Berwyn, allegedly worked with suppliers in Mexico to transport cocaine into the U.S. and distribute the drugs in the Chicago area, prosecutors said.

The feds also announced charges against nine other people allegedly involved:

  • Gustavo Aliva, 23, of Plainfield;
  • Aaron Adams, 41, of Peoria;
  • Adrian Curtis, 42, of Peoria;
  • David Palm, 50, of Chicago;
  • Alvin Brown, 51, of Chicago;
  • Santiago Meraz, 35, of Milwaukee;
  • Jorge Valdez, 33, of Milwaukee;
  • Isidro Moyo, 59, of Chicago; and
  • Eduardo Carrizales, 45, of Laredo, Texas.

Moya and Meraz are currently at large, prosecutors said. Arraignments have not yet been scheduled.

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