Monday, May 12, 2014 | 4:46 p.m.
A jury Monday found three men guilty of running an armed robbery ring that pilfered prescription drugs and expensive merchandise from trucks and warehouses, according to a Department of Justice release.
Following a federal trial, Julio De Armas Diaz, 54, Alexis Torres Simon, 45, and Alexander Del Valle Garcia, 41, all of Las Vegas, were convicted of conspiracy, robbery, theft and firearm charges stemming from a handful of incidents involving drugs and designer goods. The trio also planned to kidnap and rob a delivery driver.
They will be sentenced Aug. 18, and face up to 20 years in prison for each of two robbery charges, a maximum of five years in prison for the conspiracy to commit theft charge, and an additional five years minimum in prison for the firearm charge. Each defendant also faces fines up to $250,000 on each count and additional time in prison for individual charges.
According to prosecutors the robbery spree dates back to October 2012. De Armas Diaz and Simon broke into storage facilities, warehouses and delivery vehicles and snatched designer handbags, drugs and other goods and then sold them. In April 2013, Diaz, Simon and Garcia planned to kidnap and rob a delivery van driver using a firearm.
A felon working with the FBI as an informant recorded the group’s conversations as they planned the kidnapping, and De Armas Diaz and Simon were arrested April 8, before the robbery took place. Garcia was arrested days later.
“Not only were these defendants committing thefts and planning a violent robbery, but they were selling stolen controlled substances causing additional harm to the community,” said U.S. Attorney for Nevada Daniel G. Bogden.