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drug dealer sentenced for role in conspiracy

March 14, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today JUAN RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, also known as “Waffles”, 30, of Siler City, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to 100 months imprisonment followed by four years supervised release for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy that has operated in the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina since at least 2009.

On December 9, 2010, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment that charged RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ with conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).  On April 6, 2011, RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ pleaded guilty to that offense.

The investigation revealed that on June 18, 2010, RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ and a co-conspirator were arrested by Raleigh police officers for their role in a four-kilogram cocaine deal.  Seized from RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ and his co-conspirator was a kilogram of cocaine and two firearms.  Further investigation revealed that RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ would deliver cocaine from various locations in the Eastern and Middle District of North Carolina to drug dealers in those districts.  The investigation also revealed that RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ was responsible for delivering a minimum of approximately 100 kilograms of cocaine to various drug dealers in the Eastern and Middle Districts since August 2009.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Raleigh Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.











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