Five served arrest and search warrants and one individual facing 159 counts following indictment filed by Pinal County Attorney
FLORENCE, AZ (10/4/13) – Early on Friday morning, search and arrest warrants were executed for 6 individuals after being indicted on Thursday, September 26 by the Pinal County Grand Jury on charges, including solicitation to commit homicide, money laundering and promoting prison contraband.
Angel Lopez Garcia, serving a prison sentence, faces 159 counts and his wife, Carmen Fischer Garcia of Phoenix, faces 47 counts.
Angel Garcia’s indictment accuses him of being a validated member and leader within a large prison gang, with gang-related ties spanning back to 1995. The document continues to allege Garcia directed drug sales, extortion, fraud, money laundering and homicide while in federal and state prison, and used other gang members and associates to facilitate these offenses. Fischer is identified in her charging document as practicing criminal law in Phoenix since the 1980’s and defended several gang cases prior to representing Angel Garcia. With Fischer’s abilities and access to information, the indictments accuse Garcia of feigning affection for her and asked her to marry him, which she did in July of 2011. Her indictment states that before and after they married, Fischer deposited thousands of dollars into Garcia’s prison accounts.
Angel Garcia’s charges include75 counts of use of a wire in a drug or Chapter 23 (Organized Crime)offense, class 4 felonies; 29 counts of money laundering in the first degree, class 2 felonies; 29 counts of money laundering in the second degree, class 3 felonies; four counts of solicitation of money laundering, class 5 felonies; nine counts of assisting a criminal street gang, class 3 felonies; three counts of fraud schemes and artifices, class 2 felonies; 4 counts of solicitation of murder, class 3 felonies; and 4 counts or transportation or sale of marijuana, dangerous drugs, or narcotic drugs, all class 2 felonies.
Carmen Lynn Fischer Garcia’s charges include 31 counts of use of a wire in a drug or Chapter 23 (Organized Crime) offense, eight counts of money laundering in the second degree, all class 3 felonies; four counts of assisting a criminal street gang, class 3 felonies; one count of fraud schemes and artifices, a class 2 felony, and one count of hindering prosecution by destroying evidence, a class 3 felony.
Public records indicate the other four, Rosio Robles Gonzales, Oralia L. Garcia, and Tanya Garcia-Ochoa, of Phoenix, and Rosemary Ann Garcia, of Bisbee, are believed to be female associates within the gang. Their indictments state female associates are commonly used to facilitate the collection, holding and distribution of money, assist in the packaging and shipment of drugs and contraband, pass and forward mail and messages and often act as go-betweens conducting some gang business to better shield it from law enforcement. Combined, these four women face a total of 102 counts, including fraudulent schemes and artifices, transportation or sale of narcotic drugs, money laundering, use of a wire in a drug or Chapter 23 (Organized Crime) offense, assisting a criminal street gang, and threats and intimidation.
According to the indictments, all codefendants were indicted on illegal control of an enterprise and conspiracy and the State additionally alleges these offenses were committed with the intent to promote, further or assist a criminal street gang.
The extraordinary coordination between the Phoenix Police Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Arizona Department of Corrections, FBI Violent Street Gang Task Force, and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office produced a vast and successful investigation into suspected gang-related incidents. With the additional assistance of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, all seven law enforcement agencies descended on 6 locations, from Phoenix to Bisbee to Florence, carrying out search and arrest warrants.
All individuals are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, "Today, we continue to take the fight directly to those criminal organizations breeding perpetual violence and drug-related criminal activity. The extraordinary investigation and collaborative efforts leading to these indictments and arrests represents a dedication to safer communities among the seven law enforcement agencies involved."
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