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TUESDAY - April 14, 2009

FUGITIVE RECEIVES SENTENCE FOR PARTICIPATION IN MAJOR DRUG RING

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on April 9, 2009, Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan, sentenced RUBEN BORJA, 26, of Warsaw, North Carolina, to 168 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 22, 2005. On December 3, 2008, BORJA pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. The investigation determined that a group of Mexican nationals in the Duplin and Sampson county areas were trafficking in cocaine, cocaine base (crack) marijuana and methamphetamine from July 2003 to November 2005. The organization consisted of two distribution cells. Victor Roman, a co-defendant, initially established the organization and was assisted by Jose Chavez and another individual. Chavez fell out of favor with one of the Texas drug sources. That source began dealing with Clemente Baltazar, an employee of Chavez’ who opened hidden vehicle compartments containing drugs. This created the second cell and Baltazar at the helm. BORJA, a cousin of Baltazar, worked as a local drug trafficker, from January 2004 until his arrest in October, 2005. However, BORJA, at times, also worked for the other cell receiving cocaine and methamphetamine. It has been determined that BORJA distributed 1,800 kilograms of cocaine and 27.7 grams of methamphetamine. BORJA had been a fugitive from shortly after his initial arrest in October, 2005 until October 3, 2008, when local authorities arrested him.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government

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