Local cops contributed to a joint operation investigating two Mexican meth rings that secured 21 convictions, the local U.S. attorney announced Wednesday.
A total of 21 defendants were prosecuted and convicted in federal and state court, according to Sanford C. Coats, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Those convicted in federal court were sentenced to a total of more than 128 years in prison. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Petermann.
Coats said the convictions demonstrate the commitment of law enforcement to dismantling transnational criminal organizations involved in the transportation and distribution of illegal drugs.
James Delia, resident agent in charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Oklahoma City, said the mutli-agency investigation included thousands of manhours, and it reduced a significant threat to public safety.
In June 2011, about 100 city, county and federal law enforcement officers executed multiple federal arrest and search warrants, according to the information from Coats’ office. They resulted in charges against defendants in two separate complaints. They alleged there were two conspiracies to possess and distribute methamphetamine.
The joint investigation curbed a Mexican national drug trafficking organization operating in the Oklahoma City area, according to court records. It included physical surveillance, arrests, seizures and electronic surveillance.
The investigation was conducted by a number of federal agencies and the IRS Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, which consists of officers from the Edmond Police Department, Oklahoma City Police Department, Yukon Police Department, Norman Police Department, Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office and the District 21 (Cleveland County) Drug Task Force.
It culminated in the filing of two related but separate indictments in federal court. The following defendants were convicted in federal court:
• Fidencio Castillo-Delgado, 28, Mexico, will spend 121 months in prison.
• Tomas Colorado, aka “Tomas LNU,” “Mario Gutierrez-Sosa,” “Mario Sosa” or “Tomas Perez-Colorado,” 33, Mexico, will spend 120 months in prison.
• Jose Salvador Flores, aka “Jaime Cruiz Rivera,” “Jaime Cruz,” “Jose Flores-Torres,” “Jose Salvador-Flores,” “Serafin Navarro-Magallon,” “Jose Flores” or “Jose Salvador,” 40, Mexico, will spend 168 months in prison.
• Angel Morales-Renteral, aka “Angel,” 32, Mexico, will spend 84 months in prison.
• Roberto F. Franco, 38, Mexico, will spend 36 months in prison.
• Alvaro Castillo, aka “Burra,” 32, Mexico, will spend 108 months in prison.
• Martin Favela-Rojo, 27, Mexico, will spend 24 months in prison.
• Cesar Julio Fani-Romero, 26, Mexico, will spend 36 months in prison.
• Martin Rosales-Gonzales, aka “Maco” or “Matin Gonzalez Rosales,” 43, Mexico, will spend 5 months in prison.
• Hugo Reyes-Meza, 23, Mexico, will spend 42 months in prison.
• Candelario Favela-Rojo, 31, Mexico, will spend 76 months in prison.
• Guadalupe Marquez, 27, Mexico, will spend 60 months in prison.
• Rafael Quintero-Rivas, aka “Rafael Quintero” or “Guero,” 38, Mexico, will spend 151 months in prison.
• Valente Campos, 34, Mexico, will spend 27 months in prison.
• Jesus Figueroa-Labrada, aka “Chuy,” will spend 120 months in prison.
• Irving Lechuga-Garcia, 24, Mexico, will spend 92 months in prison.
• Eloy Villa-Cazares, aka “Leonel Flores” or “El Grande,” 32, Mexico, will spend 24 months in prison.
• Jose Angel Gonzalez-Gandarila, 38, Mexico, will spend 100 months in prison.
• Ivan Guzman-Torres, aka “Juan Hernandez,” 29, Mexico, will spend 26 months in prison.
• Tomas Olivas, 53, Mexico, will spend 27 months in prison.
Of the 20 defendants four exercised their right to jury trial and were convicted. In addition to the 20 defendants prosecuted in federal court, one defendant, Eloy Marroquin-Chavez, aka “Eloy Chavez” or “Eloy Marroquin,” 44, Mexico, was convicted in a related case in Lincoln County District Court and sentenced to 96 months in state prison.
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