Illegal Mexican Immigrant Pleads Guilty to Distributing Meth
AUG 14 -- U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Levi Mendivil Vega a/k/a “Javier” a/k/a “Emmanuel Perez Ramos”, age 23, illegally in the United States and subject to deportation, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Vega is the last of twelve defendants to plead guilty in a case in which approximately $400,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized. Vega is currently serving a separate federal prison term of 188 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in the District of Arizona, Phoenix Division. The plea was entered before United States District Judge, Thomas B. Russell, United States District Court, Paducah, Kentucky. Vega faces a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment
US Attorney David L. Huber praised the work of the Kentucky State Police, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office and the Ballard County Sheriff’s Department for their efforts. He noted that these three Kentucky law enforcement agencies combined with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Arizona authorities “have made a difference in our communities.”
Approximately $25,000 in cash that constituted drug proceeds and 3 vehicles used to transport drugs were also seized, during the course of the investigation, for forfeiture purposes.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele Thielhorn. The investigation was a joint effort of several law enforcement agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from Kentucky, Illinois and Arizona, the Kentucky State Police, the Illinois State Police, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, the Ballard County Sheriff’s Department and the Mesa, Arizona Police Department.
The other eleven co-defendants have all previously entered guilty pleas and received sentences that ranged from a minimum of 5 years imprisonment, to a minimum of 10 years imprisonment. Vega is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Russell on October 9, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. in Paducah, Kentucky.