Cocaine Distributor Sentenced to Ten Years

August 22, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Juan Vargas, age 28, a Mexican national residing in Baltimore, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Vargas is expected to be deported after serving his federal sentence.

According to his guilty plea, between at least March and May, 2007, Vargas was intercepted in a series of communications and telephone contacts in which he purchased, and combined financial resources with other conspirators to purchase, kilogram quantities of cocaine from sources outside Maryland for distribution to others in the Baltimore area. During these conversations, the conspirators agreed to distribute over 15 kilograms but less than 50 kilograms of cocaine. Vargas also met with two Baltimore co-conspirators on numerous occasions between March 23 and April 15, 2007 and distributed kilograms of cocaine to the co-conspirators.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baltimore County Police Department for their investigative work in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case, and commended Assistant United States Attorney Charles J. Peters, who prosecuted the case.


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