Fugitive Black Tar Heroin Dealers

Still at large and most wanted by the U.S. Marshals and DEA for violation of Title 21 USC 841 846

July 5, 2010

DENVER CO FUGITIVE NEWS -- Marlene Cosio-Arenas a.k.a "Norma" and Rose Gabie Hernandez a.k.a "Maria" are most wanted by U.S. Marshals, for their involvement in a nationwide black tar heroin distribution organization. As a result of a DEA multi state investigation, called "Operation Black Gold Rush," Both Cosio-Arenas and Rose Gabie Hernandez were named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Denver, Colorado, on August 7, 2006.

During the course of the nine-month investigation, Operation Black Gold Rush, DEA agents and task force officers, seized $26,473 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales along with more than seven pounds of black tar heroin in Colorado. Black tar heroin, is very potent form of heroin that looks dark and gooey in appearance, hence it is often called "black tootsie roll," on the street do to its appearance.

Operation Black Gold Rush seized Black Tar Heroin

Furthermore, during the takedown, DEA agents and officers conducted early morning raids, discovering an additional 1/2 pound of heroin, approximately $7,000 to $10,000 in cash, and two handguns. Where as, the seven-pound heroin seizure took place on July 31, 2006 in Adams County, and is one of the largest heroin seizures in Colorado history.

The indictment charges Marlene Cosio-Arenas and Rose Gabie Hernandez along with their coconspirators with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. Marlene Cosio-Arenas and Rose Gabie Hernandez are also charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, and knowingly using a communications facility (telephone) to facilitate heroin trafficking. So, both Cosio-Arenas and Hernandez are looking at 10 years to life in federal prison as well as $4,000,000 fines.

Unfortunately, during the DEA Rocky Mountain Division's take down, Marlene Cosio-Arenas and Rose Gabie Hernandez with two male suspects escaped arrest. Presently, these four suspects are still at-large and should be considered armed and dangerous:

  • Marlene Cosio-Arenas
  • Rose Gabie Hernandez a.k.a "Maria Hernandez"
  • Ricardo Chavarin-Garcia
  • Edgar Arturo Estrada-Lopez

Here at Most Wanted Hoes we focus on wanted female fugitives. Therefore, our interest lies in finding the two alleged female black tootsie roll dealers, but we are throwing in the two dudes as a bonus.

Confiscated Handgun

Marlene Cosio-Arenas a.k.a "Norma Arenas" is described as:

  • Birth Date: 1980
  • Age: 28
  • POB: United States
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 155 pounds
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Brown
  • Sex: Female
  • Race: White, Hispanic
  • NCIC#: W061075709

Marlene Cosio-Arenas
Wanted for selling Black Tar Heroin

Rose Gabie Hernandez a.k.a "Maria Hernandez" is described as:

  • Birth Date: 1984
  • Age: 24
  • POB: United States
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 140 pounds
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Brown
  • Sex: Female
  • Race: Hispanic
  • NCIC#: W641076542

Rose Gabie Hernandez
Wanted DEA - Rose Gabie Hernandez

Ricardo Chavarin-Garcia is described as:

  • Birth Date: 1984
  • Age: 24
  • POB: Mexico
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 170 pounds
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Black
  • Sex: Male
  • Race: Hispanic
  • NCIC#: W311092899

Ricardo Chavarin-Garcia
Ricardo Chavarin-Garcia - Black Tootsie Roll Dealer

Edgar Arturo Estrada-Lopez is described as:

  • Birth Date: 1980
  • Age: 28
  • POB: Mexico
  • Height: 5' 8"
  • Weight: 170 pounds
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Hair: Black
  • Sex: Male
  • Race: Hispanic
  • NCIC#: W361169134

Edgar Arturo Estrada-Lopez
US - Mexican Fugitive

Commenting on behalf of the DEA Rocky Mountain Division's takedown of the major black tar heroin distribution organization dismantled by Operation Black Gold Rush, DEA Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Sweetin said, "This notorious Denver-based Mexican heroin trafficking organization was distributing high-purity Mexican heroin in the Denver community and to other U.S. cities. The simultaneous arrests across the U.S. will significantly impact the organization's ability to traffic heroin."

Additionally, Operation Black Gold Rush included arrests in fifteen cities across the United States, with 10 indictments issued in eight federal judicial districts along with state charges. More than 17 kilograms of black tar heroin was seized in the operation. Moreover, a total of 138 people has been arrested on federal and state charges in connection with Operation Black Gold Rush.

Federal Indictments issued were as follows:

  • In the Southern District of Indiana, an indictment charges 13 defendants with conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.
  • 15 individuals have been charged in the state of Indiana.
  • 28 individuals have been arrested and indicted in Ohio.
  • 47 individuals in Tennessee
  • 7 in Colorado.
  • 11 individuals in North Carolina.
  • In the District of South Carolina two indictments were returned by a federal grand jury charging 26 individuals with drug-related offenses.

In November 2005, Operation Black Gold Rush started with a single seizure of heroin. The DEA multi state investigation involved the cooperative efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Members of the drug trafficking organization charged in the indictments are alleged to have been responsible for importing and distributing approximately 10 to 15 kilograms of black tar heroin monthly from Mexico into the United States. The black tootsie roll could be sold at an estimated street value of more than $3 million. The organization allegedly used illegal aliens as mules, who were part of a "dial-a-dealer" system of drug distribution whereby a customer could have his heroin literally delivered to the front door. The illegal drug proceeds were believed to have been laundered by the organization's financial managers using a combination of wire remitters and bulk currency transport. Finally, government seizures of illegal proceeds have surpassed more than $500,000 in cash from the nationwide black tar heroin distribution organization.

At the time of the illegal drug distribution organization's takedown, DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy released the following statement about the success of the Operation:

"Operation Black Gold Rush exposed a network of more than 100 illegal aliens who controlled a pipeline of heroin operating from Nayarit, Mexico to Nashville, Tennessee and at least 14 cities in between. Today, DEA ruptured that pipeline, stopping the flow of heroin to our streets."

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of any of these most wanted hunted offenders eluding surrender (Hoes), should contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-877-WANTED2, or the nearest DEA office. If in Mexico or outside the U.S., contact the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.



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