Katy man tied to drug-trafficking network, remains at large
A 43-year-old Katy man is among more than four dozen people identified by federal authorities as allegedly being involved in an international drug-trafficking network.
Victor Hugo Gomez is one of 56 defendants charged with drug-trafficking related crimes, including possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than one kilogram of heroin, according to a 43-count indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.
Gomez remains at large, but is also being charged with three other crimes, including conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute more than 10 kilograms of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute more than 20 kilograms of cocaine, the indictment said.
Last week, federal authorities arrested about 43 people allegedly involved in the drug-trafficking ring that spanned a handful of states and Mexico, the Houston Chronicle reported. Four individuals were already in custody. Nine are at large.
During three-year investigation, dubbed “Operation Wrecking Ball,” authorities identified a trafficking network led by Carlos Alberto Guajardo, 48, in Mexico, who allegedly supplied drugs to local distribution cells, four of which are run by Dominicans, the Chronicle reported. Guajardo remains a fugitive.
The charges allege the crimes occurred between Feb. l, 2016, and April 19, 2018. According to the indictment, the drugs were smuggled into the United States from Colombia and Mexico.
The investigation revealed that cocaine and heroin were being sold in the Houston area, as well as transported to Atlanta, Miami and New York.
The case will be prosecuted in Galveston.