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Aldama-Rodriguez Sentenced For Part in Abbeville Drug Distribution Ring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2013

LAFAYETTE, La: United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Ramon Guadalupe Aldama-Rodriguez, 35, of Mexico, was sentenced Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to 37 months in prison plus five years supervised release for distributing cocaine and heroin between Abbeville and Baton Rouge.

According to court documents, Aldama-Rodriguez and Jose Manuel MojicaEcheverria were approached at a Duson trailer park by Abbeville drug traffickers Jesus Silverio Cervantes and Joel Sotomayor Cervantes on June 13, 2010, to drive a truck loaded with 2 kilograms of cocaine and 360 grams of heroin to Baton Rouge. Aldama-Rodriguez drove the truck and Mojica-Echeverria rode with him, while Jesus Silverio Cervantes and Joel Sotomayor Cervantes followed in another vehicle. Authorities stopped the truck and the drugs were found. Aldama-Rodgriguez pleaded guilty on Oct. 11, 2012.

“This investigation disrupted the sale of illegal drugs that spanned from Abbeville to Baton Rouge,” Finley stated. “We thank the federal, state and local authorities who participated to end this criminal activity. This case reflects a joint effort by this office, the DEA, the Baton Rouge Police Department and the sheriff’s office. More operations like this one make a difference in our communities.”

Aldama-Rodriguez was arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Baton Rouge Police Department, and the Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in this OCDETF investigation.

The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug traffickingorganizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett L. Grayson prosecuted the case.

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