Two people were charged in connection with a bust this month that uncovered more than $ 1.6 million in cash, 14 guns and drugs at a Dallas home, federal officials say .
Hector Manuel Castro-Quirino and his girlfriend, Vanessa Ann Cervantes, have been charged with drug conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute, according to North Texas District Attorney Prerak Shah.
The investigation began in June after law enforcement became aware of drug traffickers operating at a house on South Acres Drive, officials said, citing the sealed complaint.
Officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, as well as the Dallas Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety made undercover drug purchases later in the month from people living in the home, officials said. .
They raided the residence on July 13 and apprehended Castro-Quirino, 47, and Cervantes, 38.
When officers searched the house, they found 14 guns, some of which were loaded, a kilogram of cocaine, half a kilogram of methamphetamine and $ 1.6 million in foreign currency, some of which were stuffed into socks, shoe boxes and a trash bag, according to federal officials.
“Mr. Castro and Ms. Cervantes would have been implicated in more crimes than a Hollywood scenario,” said Jeffrey C. Boshek II, ATF special agent, in a written statement. “The ATF and our partners remain committed at [Dallas police] Chief [Eddie] Garcia’s plan to reduce violent crime in Dallas. “
Upon arrest, Castro-Quirino reportedly admitted to trafficking drugs and said he was given around one kilogram of cocaine and methamphetamine each month. Cervantes said she keeps medication records, officials said.
Castro-Quirino and Cervantes made their first federal court appearances on Friday. They face up to 20 years in prison.