Four Hope, Arkansas, residents indicted by Oklahoma grand jury on federal drug charges

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- Four Hope, Arkansas, residents have been indicted by an Oklahoma grand jury on federal drug charges, according to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

Rito Alvarado-Gomez, 36, Jose Alberto Alvarado-Gomez, 33, Iris Yoselin Luna-Herrera, 26, and Ana Isabel Frayre Barboza, 37, were each indicted on a drug conspiracy charge.

Rito Alvarado-Gomez , Jose Alberto Alvarado-Gomez and Luna-Herrerawere are also charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

Ricardo Villeda, 25, of Little Rock was also indicted on the drug conspiracy charge and the distribution of methamphetamine.

If convicted, the defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 or more years in prison and up to a $10 million fine, according to the release.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentencing after considering guidelines and other statutory factors.

"The Indictment alleges that beginning in 2018 and continuing until March 2024, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendants willfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together, and with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to commit offenses against the United States, namely the possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine," the release stated.

The charges resulted from an investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the 8th North Drug Task Force in Hope and the 9th West Drug Task Force in Nashville, Arkansas.

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