Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar - aka Mamito Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Gilberto Barragan - aka Tocayo Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen - aka Tormenta Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sanchez - aka El Cos Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Samuel Flores-Borrego - aka Tres Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Hector Manuel Sauceda Gamboa - aka Karis Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano - aka Lazca Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Juan Reyes Mejia-Gonzalez - aka R-1, Kike Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Miguel Trevino Morales - aka 40 Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Mario Ramirez-Trevino - aka Mario Pelon, X-20 Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Omar Trevino - aka 42 Cockfighting

Nashville, TN

Davidson County

December 5, 2008  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
  illegal gambling, drug trafficking   Alleged  

Eleven individuals were arrested in Nashville and 41 in total over a two-week round-up as part of ‘Project Reckoning, Phase II’ - a multi-agency law enforcement effort led by the DEA that targeted the Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Gulf Cartel .

The operation led agents to a group of drug traffickers who ran a large gambling enterprise in Tennessee that included a massive and intricate cockfighting enterprise which one federal official called the “largest” he has ever seen in the United States.

               

    

Photo's courtesy of the US DEA

In addition to the arrests in Tennessee, 30 other people were charged in the following states: Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

Phase I of ‘Project Reckoning’ culminated in September of this year and led to the seizure of $60 million in drugs, and 175 arrests. It also led to the indictment of several alleged leaders of the Gulf Cartel including the following federal fugitives:  (Note: All Indictment Photo's provided by the US DOJ)

Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen

Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano

Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sanchez

Miguel Trevino Morales

Omar Trevino

Juan Reyes Mejia-Gonzalez

Hector Manuel Sauceda Gamboa

Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar

Mario Ramirez-Trevino

Samuel Flores-Borrego

Gilberto Barragan

The 11 defendants were arrested in Nashville on December 5 and they face a variety of drug trafficking charges including conspiracy to distribute marijuana and various federal gambling violations.

The Gulf Cartel is responsible for the transportation of multi-ton quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana from Colombia, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico to the United States, as well as the distribution of those narcotics within the United States. The Gulf Cartel is also believed to be responsible for laundering multiple millions of dollars in criminal proceeds.

To date, Project Reckoning Phase I and Phase II has resulted in the arrest of 621 individuals and the seizure of approximately $71.2 million in U.S. currency, 17,329 kilograms of cocaine, 1,291 pounds of methamphetamine, 19 pounds of heroin, 57,243 pounds of marijuana, 258 vehicles, and 224 weapons.

The investigative efforts in Project Reckoning Phase II were coordinated by the Justice Department’s Special Operations Division, the DEA, FBI, ATF, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Marshals Service and attorneys from the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section. Significant assistance was also provided by a coalition of international investigative agencies spearheaded by DEA offices located in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Italy with assistance from foreign counterparts in each of those countries.

Reference:

Imperial Valley News US Drug Enforcement Administration
US Department of Justice