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Jury returns indictment against Fernandezs

November 16, 2011

On November 15, 2011 a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Jose Luis Fernandez, aka “Junior,” 37, Francisco Villanueva Fernandez, aka “Frank,” 43, Aaron Steven Fernandez, aka “Fat A--,” 26, and Thomas Joseph Salazar, aka “T.J.” with various offenses related to narcotics trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
The defendants remain on pre-trial release following their arrests early this month by Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Arraignment dates have not yet been set.
In addition, Jose Fernandez was charged with three substantive counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of running an illegal gambling business. Thomas Salazar is also charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Defendants Aaron Fernandez and David Escobar are also each charged with one count of running an illegal gambling business.
The indictment alleges that from from 2009 to October 2011, the defendants conspired to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and five kilograms or more of cocaine. From December 2010 to October 2011, Jose Fernandez, Aaron Fernandez, and David Escobar operated an illegal sports book gambling operation.
An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.   If convicted, however, the conspiracy count carries a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine; each of the substantive possession with intent to distribute cocaine counts carries a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.  The illegal gambling count carries a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
A felony information was filed against Amy Fernandez, charging her with one count of structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation which would require the defendants, upon conviction, to forfeit the total amount of proceeds obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of the offense, including:including: more than $600,000 in cash (already seized), nine vehicles, including a camper, a boat, two Mercedez-Benz, a Bentley, and a Maserati, and seven pieces of real property in the Hutchinson County area.
The ongoing investigation is being led by the DEA with assistance from several agencies including the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Amarillo Police Department.
            Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Schall is in charge of the prosecution.

Comments

Justice in Hutchinson County

November 22, 2011 by jaybear (not verified), 2 years 43 weeks ago
Comment: 917

There are a lot of rumors floating around, I guess when its all over we will see who is guilty and who is not. We may be surprised who and how many people are involved. Personally I do not care how many heads roll including individuals, businessmen, city officials, law enforcement, attorneys and judges. I hate to see the feds involved in anything but hope they clean the county up since our locals are not capable. No wonder we have a problem here and I would like to know what it takes to get justice here and get them off their rears to do their job, specifically the city prosecutor, county attorney, and district attorney. A few years ago a 75 year old widow woman hired a man to work on some of her properties, he had worked for the city in the 90s and got fired, he then sued the city, he lost but it drug out for several years. He conned her out of property, merchandize and money,also stole tools and material. Then he filed a false lien on one of her properties and made all kind of absurd claims that he never justified or proved. She had to get an attorney in the matter, when everything was over it had cost her about a hundred thousand dollars. The county and district attorneys said he could not justify the lien and they were to get him before the grand jury and indict him, but in the end, they never even talked to the man. They said they could not do anything since he worked for her and said it was not their job to investigate. This man harassed her whole family, even though there was documentation, witnesses and proof, the said officials did nothing. There was evidence of fraud, theft, extortion, threats, scamming the elderly, false lien, false police reports, assaults, stealing of postal mail,attempted arson, probably forgery and a few other issues. Instead they said it was all civil matters, nothing criminal. Also this individual was getting paid by her, as well as another man, obtaining grants to take some college classes, drawing welfare and unemployment, getting food stamps and then declared bankruptcy. She tried for over two years to get them to do something, plus tried to get some other law enforcement agencies involved but it appears they told them her and here family was just trouble makers, nuisances and did not know what they were talking about. They were wrote letters asking why they did not pursue the issues and asked to get the state attorney generals office to deal with the matter since they did not, she never heard back from them. Other than being lazy or afraid of the guy it makes you wonder why they did nothing. While she was getting lame excuses from the district and county attorney there was a disorderly conduct and false police report and assault with a COP as a WITNESS, the city prosecutor said he was going to pursue,he said he was going to have a meeting with the judge, district and county attorneys and get everyone on the same page and get something done, we heard there was a meeting with the city. At any rate the next time we talked to him he said the guy was a nutcase and belonged in prison but they had to protect the city (money) and could not take a chance getting him in court and he might say there was a conspiracy against him to get even on the lawsuit from years ago. He said she had their sympathy but good luck you are on your own. I'm not surprised that this drug issue has gotten out of hand. The elected city officials are just as corrupt as the criminals who are running this town. I believe the citizens of Hutchinson county deserve better than this, hopefully the next elections will bring someone in who is actually doing their job, and looking out for the citizens and not just lining their pocket books. Hopefully justice is truly brought among all of these crooks.

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November 21, 2011 by ICU89 (not verified), 2 years 43 weeks ago
Comment: 915

if by doing that I hope that means replacing the whole police department, city workers, ect.......

Law inforcement involvement

November 17, 2011 by thattxguy (not verified), 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 910

"The ongoing investigation is being led by the DEA with assistance from several agencies including the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Amarillo Police Department."

WOW, did anyone notice the total lack of involvement by either the Borger Police Department or the Hutchinson County Sherrifs Department? Just makes you proud, doesn't it?

I for one, think it is time we clean house and get law enforcement leadership in Borger and Hutchinson county who are actually interested in leadership and enforcing the law.

I Agree

November 18, 2011 by Smallville (not verified), 2 years 43 weeks ago
Comment: 913

I Agree

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