United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio

01/17/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/17/2019 16:42

Texas man indicted for having one kilogram of fentanyl, three kilograms of heroin and three kilograms of cocaine

A Texas man was indicted for having one kilogram of fentanyl, three kilograms of heroin and three kilograms of cocaine.

Roland Herrera, 52, of San Antonio, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin and cocaine and one count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

Herrera was arrested on December 29 following a traffic stop in Westlake and found to have more than 15 pounds of drugs hidden in his vehicle, according to court documents.

'Fentanyl, heroin and cocaine have been the source of a long-running mass-casualty event here in Ohio,' U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. 'This seizure undoubtedly saved lives in our community, and law enforcement will continue prosecuting those who traffic in deadly narcotics while working with other partners to make help available for people who want it.'

'HSI and its Ohio law enforcement partners will continue to vigorously identify, disrupt and dismantle these drug traffickers organizations that exploit and continue to cause great harm to members of the community,' said Steve Francis, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigation's Detroit office, which includes Ohio. 'The arrest of Mr. Herrera is another example a drug trafficker in possession of a large amount of narcotics that would have likely caused a significant number of overdoses and deaths.'

'The indictment of this individual is another fine example of the results that come from a collaborative policing effort,' said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams. 'The hard work put forth by the officers and investigators in this case prevented a significant amount of dangerous narcotics from being distributed on our streets. This is the kind of work that saves lives.'

If convicted, the defendant's sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant's prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Cleveland Division of Police and the Westlake Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Sweeney.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.