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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Georgia man was sentenced today in federal court for conspiring to distribute eight pounds of pure methamphetamine.

FELICIANO HERNANDEZ MORENO, 30, of Buford, Ga., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV to 13 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. O March 17, 2011, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that a drug courier named Kenneth Sparks was instructed by his boss, HERNANDEZ MORENO, to drive an SUV from California to Georgia. Believing that the SUV was loaded with drug proceeds, Sparks stole the money and drove the SUV to Massachusetts. When Sparks removed the gas tank, he discovered, not cash, but eight, one-pound packages of nearly pure methamphetamine.

HERNANDEZ MORENO and a co-defendant named Jaime ALVAREZ RAMIREZ traveled to Massachusetts to find Sparks and the pilfered drugs. By the time they arrived, Sparks had gone to law enforcement officers and confessed to stealing the drugs. A cooperating witness spoke with HERNANDEZ MORENO and Ramirez, and enabled agents to arrest them at the Blackstone Mall. With the help of the Worcester Police Department, who learned of small methamphetamine sales occurring in Worcester, federal agents were able to recover over five of the eight pounds of methamphetamine. The DEA lab determined that the methamphetamine was 99.9% pure.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division and Chief Gary Gemme of the Worcester Police Department made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hennessy of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.



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