List: 16 fugitives sought in alleged meth ring with cartel ties

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SAN DIEGO — More than a dozen people are wanted in connection with the newly-announced nationwide takedown of an alleged Sinaloa Cartel methamphetamine network.

A grand jury indictment was unsealed Tuesday charging 60 people, many of them San Diegans, with federal drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms offenses.

Prosecutors say San Diego was the landing point as the defendants smuggled thousands of pounds of meth from the cartel across the border, then distributed the drug “to dozens of sub-distributors” in San Diego County, across the United States and even Australia and New Zealand.

Investigators say money from the drugs was returned to the network’s leaders through a variety of means, including bulk cash, structured cash deposits into bank accounts and money transfers through apps like PayPal, Zelle, Venmo and Cash App.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office released a list of men and women accused in the investigation. Sixteen were still wanted as of Tuesday’s unsealing of the indictment, with fugitives marked with an asterisk on the list.

DEFENDANTS                                            Case Number 21cr1559-H                           

(D1) Reyes Espinoza                                      Age: 35                                   San Ysidro, CA

(D2) David Villegas                                        Age: 49                                   San Diego, CA

(D3) John Bomenka                                       Age: 54                                   San Diego, CA

(D4) Dennis Jones                                         Age: 49                                   San Diego, CA

(D5) Darren Mosier                                        Age: 59                                   San Diego, CA

(D6) Frank Tucker                                          Age: 63                                   San Diego, CA

(D7) Charles Miller                                         Age: 52                                   San Diego, CA

*(D8) Carlos Espinoza                                    Age: 28                                   Tijuana, MX

(D9) Mario Espinoza                                      Age: 20                                   Tijuana, MX

(D10) Jaron Hillyer                                         Age: 30                                   San Diego, CA

(D11) Kristina Brown                                     Age: 32                                   San Diego, CA

(D12) Danny Miller                                        Age: 52                                   San Diego, CA

(D13) Shawn Morrill                                      Age: 49                                   San Diego, CA

*(D14) Hilleal Grant                                      Age: 51                                   San Diego, CA

*(D15) Lewis Rich                                         Age: 59                                   San Diego, CA

(D16) Cameron Graff                                     Age: 29                                   San Diego, CA

*(D17) Terry Haith                                         Age: 60                                   San Diego, CA

(D18) Tansy Steinhauer                                  Age: 51                                   San Diego, CA

*(D19) Jessica Pomeroy                                 Age: 30                                   San Diego, CA

*(D20) Shadow Segura                                   Age: 23                                   Houston, TX

(D21) Jasmine Lucas                                      Age: 50                                   San Diego, CA

(D22) Philip Abbas                                         Age: 42                                   San Diego, CA

*(D23) Peter Fuller                                         Age: 63                                   San Diego, CA

(D24) Eduardo Osuna                                    Age: 41                                   San Diego, CA

(D25) Frank Carrillo                                       Age: 45                                   San Diego, CA

(D26) Stephen Myrick                                    Age: 45                                   San Diego, CA

(D27) Gloria Sandoval                                   Age: 40                                   San Diego, CA

*(D28) Ashley Hilton                                     Age: 42                                   Houston, TX

(D29) Joseph Occhiogrosso                          Age: 44                                   Brooklyn, NY

(D30) Gary Beasley                                        Age: 39                                   San Diego, CA

*(D31) Arnulfo Rodriguez                             Age: 38                                   San Diego, CA

(D32) Alexandro Larios-Flores                       Age: 24                                   San Diego, CA

*(D33) Jose Vargas                                        Age: 31                                   San Diego, CA

(D34) Michael Nagle                                     Age: 50                                   San Diego, CA

*(D35) Raymond Sterling                              Age: 51                                   San Diego, CA

(D36) Terry Tyler                                           Age: 49                                   San Diego, CA

(D37) Victor Yamasaki                                  Age: 59                                   San Diego, CA

(D38) Chris Paschke                                      Age: 57                                   San Diego, CA

(D39) Charles Gerardi                                   Age: 57                                   Houston, TX

(D40) Christian Lopez-Villegas                      Age: 34                                   San Ysidro, CA

(D41) David Santa Maria                               Age: 49                                   San Diego, CA

(D42) Melvin Johnson                                   Age: 44                                   San Diego, CA

(D43) Daniel Babuata                                    Age: 34                                   San Diego, CA

*(D44) Garrett Steele                                     Age: 40                                   San Diego, CA

(D45) Vien Trinh                                            Age: 62                                   San Diego, CA

*(D46) Troy Prater                                         Age: 46                                   San Diego, CA

*(D47) Sharon Landhan                                Age: 44                                   San Diego, CA

(D48) Gabriel Askay                                      Age: 44                                   San Diego, CA

(D49) Patrick Lane                                         Age: 57                                   San Diego, CA

(D50) Kevin Tobin                                          Age: 65                                   San Diego, CA

(D51) James Ellerbe                                        Age: 68                                   San Diego, CA

(D52) Hope Stoneking                                    Age: 35                                   San Diego, CA

(D53) Tasha Almanza                                     Age: 42                                   San Diego, CA

*(D54) Jason Ferguson                                   Age: 48                                   San Diego, CA

(D55) Kelle Ferguson                                     Age: 52                                   San Diego, CA

*(D56) Roger Desroche                                  Age: 74                                   San Diego, CA

(D57) Steven Brandt                                      Age: 57                                   San Diego, CA

(D58) Esteban Gastelum-Sanchez                 Age: 42                                   San Diego, CA

(D59) Tara Scroggins                                     Age: 45                                   San Diego, CA

(D60) Debbie Hill                                           Age: 59                                   San Diego, CA

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