Federal authorities have announced the arrest of a total of 9 people connected to a large-scale drug distribution network which operated in areas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, along with ties to Puerto Rico.
After a long-term narcotics investigation into the distribution of cocaine, on May 20th, authorities in 'Operation Yo-Yo' were able to serve a total of 4 search warrants, leading to the arrest of nine people and the seizure of approximately $450,000 in cocaine and one semi-automatic handgun.
According to the DEA, it was determined that Jorge “YoYo” Goicochea was the leader of this large-scale drug distribution network which operated in Cape May County New Jersey, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and even Puerto Rico.
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The people arrested, Jorge L. Goicochea, 47, Edwin Rivera, 42, Vilma Ayala, 41, Miguel Rivera, 31, Arthur Hoyle, 47, Charlott Reynolds, 54, Timothy E. Hurley, 39, Luis Sierra-Colon, 54, and Enrique Pella, 30, now face charges related to Conspiracy to Posses and Distribute Controlled Substances.
If convicted, each could face between 5 to 10 years in prison. Being leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network, however, carries a possible penalty of lifetime imprisonment with a 25 year period of parole ineligibility.