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Group sold drugs from Mexico into Fort Worth in suspected drug network, police say

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Twelve people are suspected of being involved in a Mexico to Fort Worth drug network, according to a federal case filed Thursday.

Police say at least eight of the people were directly involved in receiving drugs from Mexico and selling them in Fort Worth.

Carlos Hernandez, also known as “Fatboy,” was charged with selling heroin; so, too, were Omar Ashmore, Lester Polty, Segundo Daniels, Christopher Castillo, Andrea Gardner, Melvin Qualls, Vicki Andrade, Raymon White and Jesus Garcia.

Police say the group has been selling heroin in the area since October 2015, according to charges.

According to police, Ashmore has been receiving methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine from sources in Mexico since at least late 2015. He directed Hernandez to distribute the drugs to customers in Fort Worth, including Daniels, Polty, Castillo, Moreno and Qualls.

Those customers would sell the drugs to others, police said.

Ashmore would direct Hernandez to retrieve the money from customers and instruct him and Garcia to package it for transport, police said.

Included in the federal case were charges against Anthony Moreno, charged with selling methamphetamine, and Jerry Hughes, charged with selling heroin since Aug. 12, 2018. While included in the federal case, Moreno and Hughes’ charges did not specify how they were linked to the possible drug network.

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