Riverdale Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Almost 13 Years in Federal Prison

February 23, 2009

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Juan Herrera, age 39, of Riverdale, Maryland, today to 155 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, from at least December 4, 2007 through at least January 26, 2008, Herrera and others conspired to bring cocaine from a supplier in North Carolina to distribute in Maryland. On December 13 and 14, 2007, Herrera and co-conspirator Jesus Herrera-Zamora brought another individual to Reidsville, North Carolina to meet co-conspirator Alma Morales-Vega, who stated that she could supply that individual with cocaine. On another occasion, after a series of telephone calls with Herrera, co-defendant Felipe Lucero traveled to Reidsville, North Carolina to obtain two kilograms of cocaine. Herrara arranged for Lucero and another co-conspirator, Isaac Rojas, to get the cocaine from Morales-Vega. After obtaining the cocaine from Morales-Vega in North Carolina, Herrera, Lucero and Rojas traveled to Bladensburg, Maryland, where they were stopped by Prince George’s County Police. A search of their car recovered two kilograms of cocaine.

Herrera admits that over the course of the conspiracy he is responsible for the distribution of between 15 and 50 kilograms of cocaine.

Co-defendants Jesus Herrera-Zamora, age 30, and Felipe Lucero, age 40, both of Hyattsville, Maryland; Isaac Rojas, age 26, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, have all pleaded guilty to their role in the conspiracy. Alma Morales-Vega, age 38, of Reidsville, North Carolina, was convicted after trial.  Rojas was sentenced to 64 months in prison and sentencing for the other defendants is pending.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their investigative work in this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case and commended Assistant United States Attorneys Deborah Johnston, Stacy Dawson Belf, and Robert K. Hur, who prosecuted the case.



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