6 indicted in prison gang investigation

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by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 6:52 AM

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PHOENIX -- Law enforcement officials announced the conclusion Friday of a two-year long investigation into a prison and street gang which involved multiple individuals.

Six suspects were indicted by a Pinal County grand jury on multiple counts ranging from solicitation to commit murder and sales of dangerous drugs to money laundering.

Multiple search warrants were served throughout the Phoenix area and Bisbee, Ariz. in connection with this case.

Angel Lopez Garcia, 35, who is already in prison, faces 159 counts and his wife, Carmen Fischer Garcia of Phoenix, faces 47 counts.

Angel Garcia is accused of being a prison gang leader who directed drug sales, and committed extortion, fraud, money laundering and homicide while in federal and state prison. He’s also accused of using other gang members and associates to facilitate these offenses.

Fischer has been a criminal lawyer in Phoenix since the 1980s and defended several gang cases prior to representing Angel Garcia. She has a history of getting emotionally involved with her clients and was once videotaped kissing a man in jail who was later convicted of two murders.

The indictments accuse Garcia of pretending to be in love with Fischer because of her access to information. Garcia married Fischer in July of 2011.

She is accused of depositing thousands of dollars into Garcia’s prison accounts before and after they were married.

The other four suspects, Rosio Robles Gonzales, Oralia L. Garcia, and Tanya Garcia-Ochoa, of Phoenix, and Rosemary Ann Garcia, of Bisbee, are believed to be female associates within the gang.

Their indictments state female associates are commonly used to facilitate the collection, holding and distribution of money, assist in the packaging and shipment of drugs and contraband, pass and forward mail and messages and often act as go-betweens conducting some gang business to better shield it from law enforcement.

Multiple agencies worked together on the investigation: The Phoenix Police Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Arizona Department of Corrections, FBI Violent Street Gang Task Force, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, “Today, we continue to take the fight directly to those criminal organizations breeding perpetual violence and drug-related criminal activity. The extraordinary investigation and collaborative efforts leading to these indictments and arrests represents a dedication to safer communities among the seven law enforcement agencies involved.”

This is an ongoing investigation and there could be more arrests.

Charges Breakdown

All Defendants charged with:

Count 1: Illegal Control of an Enterprise F3
Count 2: Conspiracy F2

Additional:

Angel Lopez Garcia: Total 159

Use of a Wire in a Drug or Chapter 23 (Organized Crime) Offense F4 = 75 counts

Money Laundering 1st Degree F2 = 29 counts

Money Laundering 2nd degree F3 = 29 counts

Solicitation of Money Laundering F5 = 4 counts

Assisting a Criminal Street Gang F3 = 9 counts

Fraud Schemes and Artifices F2 = 3 counts

Solicitation of Murder F3 = 4 counts

Transportation/Sale of MJ F2 = 1 count

Transportation/Sale of DD F2 = 1 count

Transportation/Sale of ND F2 = 2 counts

Carmen Lynn Fischer Garcia: Total 47

Use of a Wire in a Drug or Chapter 23 (Organized Crime) Offense F4 = 31 counts

Money Laundering 2nd degree F3 = 8 counts

Assisting a Criminal Street Gang F3 = 4 counts

Fraud Schemes and Artifices F2 = 1 count

Hindering Prosecution – Destroying Evid. F3 = 1 count

Oralia L. Garcia (Angel Lopez Garcia's mother): Total 18

Use of a Wire in a Drug or Chapter 23 (Organized Crime) Offense F4 = 1 count

Money Laundering 2nd degree F3 = 11 counts

Assisting a Criminal Street Gang F3 = 3 counts

Fraud Schemes and Artifices F2 = 1 count

Rosemary Ann Garcia (Angel Lopez Garcia's ex-wife): Total 13

Money Laundering 2nd degree F3 = 6 counts

Assisting a Criminal Street Gang F3 = 3 counts

Fraud Schemes and Artifices F2 = 2 counts

Tanya Garcia-Ochoa (Angel Lopez Garcia's sister): Total 4

Assisting a Criminal Street Gang F3 = 1 count

Threats & Intimidation F6 = 1 count

Rosio Robles Gonzales (Angel Lopez Garcia's ex-girlfriend): Total 20

Use of a Wire in a Drug or Chapter 23 (Organized Crime) Offense F4 = 6 counts

Money Laundering 2nd degree F3 = 5 counts

Assisting a Criminal Street Gang F3 = 5 counts

Fraud Schemes and Artifices F2 = 1 count

Transportation/Sale of ND F2 = 1 count
 

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