Mexican National Sentenced on Drug and Immigration Charges
Javier Vazquez-Flores was sentenced on October 5, 2012, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, IL, to 31 months in federal prison for 1) Illegal Re-Entry After Deportation, and 2) Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Vazquez-Flores, age 41, is a Mexican national who had been previously deported to Mexico twice in 1997.
Vazquez-Flores pled guilty to the immigration offense, and also to a federal charge of Conspiracy to Distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. At his change-of-plea hearing on June 21, 2012, Vazquez-Flores admitted his participation in an interstate marijuana distribution network. Between September, 2011 and January, 2012, Vazquez-Flores and his associates shipped approximately 1000 pounds (453 kilograms) of marijuana from Modesto, CA to cities throughout the United States, including Kansas City, KS and St. Louis, MO.
Upon release from prison, Vazquez-Flores will serve a three-year term of supervised release, and will face deportation. He was ordered to pay a $200 fine and a $200 special assessment.
The investigation that resulted in Vazquez-Flores’s conviction and sentenced was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), with assistance of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
This was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.