A dozen Coastal Bend residents are now in police custody for federal firearms and narcotics violations as a result of Operation City Shield.
Each suspect has been charged in separate and unrelated incidents.
A federal Grand Jury has charged Adam Flores, 36; Joe Parker, 30; Justin Moreno, 27; Jessie Zuniga, 36; Cruz Gonzalez, 29; Fred Corona, 24; Akeem Olajuwon Edwards, 30; Gavino Flores, 24; and Adam Rodriguez, 35, for being felons in possession of firearms and ammunition.
34-year-old Andrew Hernandez is charged with knowing and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute a synthetic cannabinoid mixture and a substance containing a detectable amount of a scheduled controlled substance. Hernandez is also charged with using a firearm in a drug trafficking crime and with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Zuniga, Parker, Andrew Hernandez, Moreno, Adam Flores, and Corona were taken into custody Tuesday and made their initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jason Libby. At that time, they were ordered temporarily into custody pending detention hearings set for Friday.
Edwards, Gavino Flores, Rodriguez, and Gonzalez had already been in custody and are expected in federal court on the new charges.
27-year-old Cody Hernandez and 38-year-old Timothy Allen were indicted previously for being felons in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Allen was also charged with possession with intent distribute methamphetamine. Allen had pleaded guilty to both of his charges and is pending sentencing in January 2018. Hernandez's case is still pending.
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