Two Men Sentenced for Roles in Large Cocaine Distribution Organization
Two men who were indicted along with twenty-four other individuals and charged with being members of a large cocaine distribution organization, have been sentenced to prison, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Carmelo Delgado Mendoza, 44, of Collinsville, Illinois, who entered a plea of guilty on November 16, 2011, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, was sentenced on March 2, 2012, to 70 months in federal prison, followed by a term of three years of supervised release. Mendoza was ordered to pay a fine of $12,500, and a special assessment of $100. Mendoza was also ordered to forfeit $279,510 to the United States.
Florentino Cruz-Amado, 24, who entered pleas of guilty on November 1, 2011, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine; Illegal Re-Entry Following Deportation; and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, was sentenced to 70 months in prison, followed by a term of three years of supervised release. Cruz-Amado was ordered to pay a fine of $450 and a special assessment of $300. Cruz-Amado was also ordered to forfeit $210,000 to the United States. Cruz-Amado, a citizen of Mexico who is in the United States illegally, was also ordered to be deported from the United States following the service of his prison sentence.
Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation which was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). 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. Participating agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshal Service, the Granite City Police Department, Fairmont City Police Department, Collinsville Police Department, Fairview Heights Police Department, Caseyville Police Department, Pontoon Beach Police Department, Park Hills (Missouri) Police Department, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, and the Illinois State Police. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.