Arizona Man Pleads Guilty in Marihuana Conspiracy
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Luis F. Sanora, 33, of Marana, Arizona, pled guilty in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, on November 21, 2011, to a charge of Conspiracy to Distribute in Excess of 1000 Kilograms (2200 pounds) of Marijuana.
Sanora’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 16, 2012. He faces a sentence of a term in prison from a minimum of 10 years, to life imprisonment.
Sanora is the last of 17 co-defendants to plead guilty in the marijuana distribution scheme. The 17 co-defendants shipped large quantities of Mexican marijuana from Tucson, Arizona to East St. Louis, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Lima, Ohio; St. Louis, Missouri and elsewhere between 2000 and 2007.
The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), with the Drug Enforcement Administration as the lead agency. The OCDETF initiative is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. Evidence in the investigation was gathered by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.