Corpus Man Gets 17 ½ Years in Cocaine Conspiracy
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Enrique Zamorano Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been handed a lengthy sentence for his involvement in a cocaine conspiracy operating in the Corpus Christi area, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña and United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson today. Senior United States District Judge John Rainey sentenced Zamorano to a total of 210 months following a sentencing hearing late this afternoon.
At least 81 kilograms of cocaine have been seized by law enforcement since 2005 which are directly attributable to this drug trafficking organization led by Zamorano. The organization operated by employing individuals to cross the U.S./Mexico border with vehicles loaded with cocaine and bringing the cocaine to Corpus Christi. Following formal charges in this matter, Zamorano, a U.S. citizen, initially fled to Mexico. He was deported in December 2010.
Zamorano, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine on August 15, 2011. His wife, Gladyzbeth Zamorano, 37, was previously sentenced in relation to this case on charges of loan fraud.
Zamorano has been in federal custody since his return to the United States where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.The investigation leading to the criminal convictions was conducted through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force led by the DEA; Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives; the United States Marshals Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations; the Corpus Christi Police Department; and the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie Hampton.