$1.6M Cash, Cocaine, Guns Recovered in Dallas Bust

Hector Manuel Castro-Quirino and Vanessa Ann Cervantes face up to 20 years in prison

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Two people have been charged in connection with a bust this month that uncovered more than $1.6 million in cash, 14 firearms and drugs in a Dallas home, federal officials say.

Hector Manuel Castro-Quirino and his girlfriend, Vanessa Ann Cervantes, have been charged with drug conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute, according to acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah.

The investigation began in June after law enforcement were tipped off to drug dealers operating out of a home on South Acres Drive, officials said, citing the sealed complaint.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, as well as Dallas Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety conducted undercover drug buys later that month from the people living in the home, officials said.

They raided the residence July 13 and apprehended Castro-Quirino, 47, and Cervantes, 38.

When agents searched the home they found 14 firearms, some of which were loaded, a kilogram of cocaine, half a kilogram of methamphetamine, and $1.6 million in currency, some of which was stuffed in socks, shoe boxes and a trash bag, according to federal officials.

“Mr. Castro and Ms. Cervantes were allegedly involved in more crimes than a Hollywood script," ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek II said in a written statement. "ATF and our partners remain committed to [Dallas police] Chief [Eddie] Garcia’s plan to reduce violent crime in Dallas."

During the arrest, Castro-Quirino allegedly admitted to trafficking drugs and said he received about a kilogram each of cocaine and methamphetamine each month. Cervantes said she maintained drug ledgers, officials said.

Castro-Quirino and Cervantes made their initial appearances in federal court Friday. They face up to 20 years in prison.

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