FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - November 9, 2011
DRUG RUNNER SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON TERM
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced BARTOLO GONZALEZ, 53,to 292 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release. The Court also imposed a fine of $25,000.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 2, 2010. On May 9, 2011, GONZALEZ, a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.
According to the Indictment, beginning in or about 1993, GONZALEZ conspired with others to smuggle cocaine and marijuana from Mexico into the United States, across the border between Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. The drugs would then be stored in secure locations in the El Paso area. When transportation arrangements were made, the drugs would be trucked to destinations throughout the United States, including Colorado, Connective, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. GONZALEZ arranged for the truck drivers to pick up the drugs and gave the drivers directions as to where to deliver the drugs. GONZALEZ also collected cash payments for the drugs from the truck drivers.
This is an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation entitled Something For Nothing.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, El Paso, Texas; ICE, Las Cruces, New Mexico; the Drug Enforcement Administration; and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Goulian is serving as prosecutor for the government.
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