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Fox Valley restaurant owner accused of cocaine trafficking

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Posted at 6:07 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 19:08:48-05

APPLETON (NBC 26) — Seven people, including a local restaurant owner, have been charged with trafficking cocaine in the Fox Valley.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin says Luis Morales and several others, described as his co-conspirators, distributed numerous kilograms of cocaine in the Appleton area since June of 2019.

According to the criminal complaint, Morales is the owner of several restaurants in the Fox Valley, including Mr. Taco (located in Appleton, Kimberly, and Hilbert) and Savor Food & Spirits.

The U.S. Attorney's statement says Morales arranged for employees of Mr. Taco to distribute and accept payments for large amounts of cocaine at the Mr. Taco restaurant in Kimberly. Officials say a take down that happened Dec. 2 seized more than two kilograms of cocaine from Morales' home and vehicle.

If convicted, officials say Luis Morales, as well as Eduardo Morales, Sandra Munoz, Frank DiMatteo, and Cory Ulrich face a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison. Two others accused, Jennifer Almeida-Sandoval and Javier Guzman-Becerra, face a mandatory minimum of 5 years and up to 40 years in prison.