Mother, Son indicted for allegedly trafficking heroin through Mount Pleasant

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Two suspects recently arrested by Mount Pleasant Police for allegedly coordinating shipments of heroin from Mexico to the Eastern seaboard have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

According to Mount Pleasant Police Department 37-year-old Ivet Manrique-Banda and 22-year-old Edgar R. Chavelas-Manrique were arrested June 2 after a joint investigation with the DEA and Texas DPS.

“Both Banda and Manrique were involved in coordinating shipments of heroin from Mexico, through Mount Pleasant, to the Eastern seaboard, and with transporting bulk currency from the Eastern seaboard back through Texas and into Mexico,” Mount Pleasant Police said in a Facebook post.

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Both suspects indicted were arrested in Mount Pleasant June 2nd for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and Federal money laundering statutes.

According to police, “Banda, a Laredo drug trafficking organization heroin stash house operator, would pick up and transport car batteries, car bumpers, concealed vehicle traps, sealed fruit cans and vegetable cans in which kilograms of heroin were concealed, for transportation and delivery to Philadelphia.”

Both Banda and Manriuque are accused of funneling monies through various bank accounts according to the Federal Indictment from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania..

Both Banda and Manrique are related. Banda is the mother of Manriuqe. Manrique has been released on a Federal bond. Banda is still in Federal custody.

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