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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ringleader Sentenced To Federal Prison In Connection With Fort Stockton-Based Cocaine Distribution Network

In Pecos yesterday, 34-year-old drug trafficking organization ringleader Noe Torres Ortega was sentenced to 262 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit.

Ortega is the last of 24 indicted defendants who pleaded guilty and was sentenced for his/her role in a Fort
Stockton-based cocaine trafficking conspiracy that was responsible for the distribution of over 50 kilograms of cocaine since 2009. Sentences handed down in this case range from 262 months in federal prison to three years probation.

This investigation was conducted by agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration Alpine Resident Office Multi-Agency Task Force (MTF) comprised of agents from DEA, United States Border Patrol, Pecos County Sheriff's Office, Brewster County Sheriff's Office, Alpine Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety - Criminal Investigation Division as well as members of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Presidio and Alpine and the Fort Stockton Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Monty Kimball.