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8 men charged for trafficking kilograms of cocaine in 3 Northeast Ohio counties

Posted at 6:59 PM, Sep 07, 2022

CLEVELAND — Eight men were charged with operating a drug trafficking organization that spread cocaine throughout Wayne, Stark and Tuscarawas counties on Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Ohio.

The following men were charged with distributing kilogram quantities of cocaine:

  • Arnuflo Gomez-Araiza, 40, Orrville
  • Alejandro Jesus Quezada, 33, Louisville
  • Adrian Nava Marquez, 32, Canton
  • Luis Soto-Perez, 27, Massillon
  • Isidro Gutierrez-Meraz, 32, Orrville
  • Isidro Gutierrez-Cuevas, 56, Orrville, 
  • Vicente Guzman-Bernal, 37, Dover
  • Joshua Nagle, 40, Canton

In March 2020, federal, state and local law enforcement began investigating a drug trafficking organization led by Gomez-Araiza, the release said. It is alleged that the other seven members of the organization received shipments of cocaine, facilitated numerous drug transactions and shipped the proceeds across the state of Ohio.

Eight agencies were involved in the case.

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