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California Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

September 17, 2013

Contact: David B. Joyce
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that
Mark Razo, 24, of El Monte, California, was sentenced on September 16, 2013, to 25 years in
prison to be followed by 6 years of supervised release. Chief Judge John A. Woodcock imposed
the sentence following Razo’s March 1 conviction of one count of conspiracy to distribute
heroin, cocaine, marijuana and 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and three counts of
unlawful use of a telephone. A federal jury in Bangor returned the verdict following a five-day

According to the evidence presented at trial and sentencing, Razo operated an interstate
drug conspiracy while serving a drug sentence in a California state prison. The evidence
established that Razo was able to use contraband cellular telephones from within prison to
arrange transactions, recruit couriers, and cause the transportation of drugs across the United

In June 2011, DEA agents in Portland, Maine, who were monitoring a court-authorized
wiretap, learned that Razo arranged for a four-pound shipment of pure methamphetamine to
Iowa. Law enforcement personnel in Ottumwa, Iowa seized this shipment. Agents further
learned that Razo arranged for the distribution of other drugs across the United States.

This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, with
assistance from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Kennebec County
Sheriff’s Office, the Southeast Iowa Drug Task Force, the Wapello County (Iowa) Sheriff’s
Office, investigators from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the
Stamford (Connecticut) Police Department, the Augusta (Maine) Police Department, and the
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The investigation was part of the ongoing effort of the
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state
and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify,
disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering
organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.



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