BOSTON - A Mexican citizen was sentenced late yesterday in federal court for his role as a high-ranking member of a Mexican drug trafficking organization that distributed over 50 kilograms of cocaine in and around Massachusetts.
Alex Rodriguez-Sahagun, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 176 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release, and the forfeiture of cash and a BMW seized at the time of his arrest. Rodriguez-Sahagun, who previously resided in Woodburn, Ore., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine in 2009.
Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that Rodriguez-Sahagun was a leader and supervisor in a conspiracy that received drugs from Mexico and transported them for distribution to Massachusetts and elsewhere. Through wiretaps, confidential sources and physical surveillance, agents learned that most of the shipments were sent inside of hidden compartments in Ford F-350 pickup trucks, and that the shipments were sent from Rodriguez-Sahagun to co-defendants in Massachusetts. The investigation led to the seizure of 14 kilograms of cocaine in Massachusetts, 29 kilograms in Rhode Island, and 41 kilograms in Texas. Rodriguez-Sahagun is one of 11 defendants charged.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Kevin Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.