News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2008
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Number: 202-307-7977

Gangsta Killa Bloods Cocaine Suppliers Sentenced

MAY 28 -- (Columbia, SC) - Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald stated today that the last four defendants in a gang-related drug case were sentenced this week by United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie in federal court in Columbia. Over the past several weeks, ten of the Bautista-Teran family and their affiliates were sentenced in federal court for their respective roles in supplying cocaine to the Gangsta Killa Bloods (GKB) street gang. Sentenced this week were Emilio Bautista-Teran, Jose Jimenez-Villaseca, Alfredo Jimenez-Villaseca, and Javier Colemenares-Meneses.

Evidence presented in court showed that the cocaine trafficking organization was headed by Emilio Bautista-Teran and by fugitive co-defendant Valdemar Bautista-Teran. Most of the defendants associated with the organization were related by blood or marriage to Emilio Bautista-Teran, and most of the defendants were also Mexican nationals who illegally entered the United States. Evidence also showed that Emilio Bautista-Teran was one of the primary multi-kilogram cocaine suppliers of Jarvis McKenzie, who in turn supplied the GKB street gang in Columbia. McKenzie was recently convicted in federal court after a week-long trial, and he awaits sentencing.

Emilio, Fortino and Fredy Bautista-Teran are the sons of defendants Sotero Bautista-Venancio and Maria Teran Espinoza. Both Hector and Jose Jimenez-Villaseca were related to Emilio’s wife, fugitive defendant Flor Jimenez-Villaseca. None of the defendants will be eligible for parole and all will be surrendered to immigration officials for deportation when their sentence is complete.

The defendants pled guilty to various federal drug, money-laundering, firearms, and immigration violations. The investigation is continuing, and more charges are expected.

The defendants were sentenced to the following terms of imprisonment: EMILIO BAUTISTA-TERAN, age 28, 262 months (approximately 22 years) in federal prison; FORTINO BAUTISTA-TERAN age 20, 120 months (10 years), FREDY BAUTISTA-TERAN, age 22, 135 months (11 years, 3 months), SOTERO BAUTISTA VENANCIO, age 48, 120 months (10 years), MARIA TERAN ESPINOZA, 6 months, BENITO ESTRADA-BAUTISTA, age 40, 12 months, EMITERIO SAUCEDO LUVIANO, age 30, 10 months, HECTOR JIMENEZ-VILLASECA, age 26, 151 months (12 years, 7 months), JOSE ALFREDO JIMENEZ-VILLASECA, age 28, 70 months (5 years, 10 months) JAVIER COLMENARES-MENESES, age 26, 60 months (5 years).

The defendants pled guilty to various federal drug, money-laundering, firearms, and immigration violations. The investigation is continuing, and more charges are expected.

The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Social Security Office of Inspector-General (SS-OIG), the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the Gaston Police Department, and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, all working together on the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). Assistant United States Attorneys Mark C. Moore and Tara McGregor of the U. S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.

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