News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2008
For Information Contact,
Special Agent Ramona Sanchez
Public Information Officer
(602) 664-5725

Three Sentenced For Trafficking Meth and Cocaine

MAR 5 -- (Phoenix, AZ) - Elizabeth W. Kempshall, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Phoenix Field Division and Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the sentencing of a three members of a Phoenix-based drug trafficking organization. Each was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Armando Molina Gamboa, Mario Velasco-Felix, and Noel Velasco-Felix were arrested in June 2006 for the involvement in trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico to several locations in the Phoenix metropolitan area and other states.

The six-month investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Phoenix Police Department led to the seizure of 49 kilograms of cocaine, 50 pounds of meth, two pounds of crack cocaine, 16 guns, 33 vehicles, and $2.5 million in drug proceeds.

Molina Gamboa was found guilty of conspiracy, illegal enterprise, five counts of possession for sale of cocaine, two counts of possession/transportation of methamphetamine for sale, four counts of money laundering, two counts of misconduct involving weapons, five counts of use of a wire and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mario Velasco-Felix was found guilty of conspiracy, illegal enterprise, four counts of possession/transportation of methamphetamine for sale, three counts of money laundering, misconduct involving weapons, use of a wire and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Noel Velasco-Felix was found guilty of conspiracy, illegal enterprise, seven counts of possession/transportation of methamphetamine for sale, four counts of money laundering, misconduct involving weapons, use of a wire and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Phoenix Police Department and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

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