Posted at 9:30 a.m. on Frfiday, January 8, 2021
The Brillion News
MILWAUKEE - Seven people associated with the Mr. Taco Mexican food restauraants and Savor Foods & Spirits have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges.
Matthew Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, named the seven charged with a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine in the Fox Valley area.
They include Jennifer Almeida-Sandoval of Hilbert, age 30, who is charged with possession with the intent to distribute at least 500 grams of cocaine.
The others charged are her ex-husband, Luis A. Morales, 40, of Appleton; Eduardo F. Morales, 26, of Rialto, California; Sandra M. Munoz, 36, of Appleton; Javier Guzman-Becerra, 32, of Menasha; Frank DiMatteo, 66, of New London; and Cory J. Ulrich, 42, of Appleton.
Krueger said employees of Mr. Taco - with restaurants in Menasha, Hilbert and Kimberly - were involved in drug transactions.
The U.S. attorney's office said that over two kilograms of cocaine were seized during a raid that involved Luis Morales' vehicle and home.
The charges could bring major prison time, Jennifer Almeida-Sandoval and one other defendant face between five and 40 years in federal prison. Luis Morales and four others face 10 years to life behind bars.
The investigation involved local, state and federal agents, and was a multi-year probe by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lake Winnebago Area Metro Drug Enforcement Group, and the state Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.
A complete story on the investigation and charges will appear in the January 14, 2021, print edition of THE BRILLION NEWS.