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Leader Of Cocaine And Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2013

United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District of North Carolina

Five Others Have Been Sentenced In Connection With The Investigation

STATESVILLE, N.C. – Norberto Rivera Aguilar, 26, of Mexico, was sentenced on Monday, May 6, 2013, to serve 10 years in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Brock D. Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Georgia and the Carolinas; Greg McLeod, Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI); and Sheriff William R. Oliver, of the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, join U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, from in or about 2010 to in or about August 2011, Aguilar and five others were involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed cocaine and methamphetamine in Iredell County and elsewhere in North Carolina. Court records show that the drugs were smuggled in the U.S. from a Mexican supply source.

Five additional defendants previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine and have been sentenced in connection with this case.

• Caritino Mujica-Vargas, 38, of Mexico, was sentenced in February 2013 to 10 years in prison and four years of supervised release. Mujica-Vargas had also pleaded guilty to a firearm violation.

• Francisco Javier Teodoro-Campuzano, 22, of Mexico, was sentenced in February 2013 to 43 months in prison and two years of supervised release.

• Marco Antonio Sosa-Caderilla, 26, of Mexico, was sentenced in December 2012 to 24 months in prison and one year of supervised release.

• Carolina Olivia Hernandez, 20, of Mexico, was sentenced in February 2013 to a time-served sentence of approximately 18 months in prison and two years of supervised release.

• Oscar Leal Martinez, 47, of Yadkinville, N.C. was charged in a separate indictment and pleaded guilty in February 2012 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. He was sentenced in February 2013 to 60 months in prison and four years of supervised release.

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, Aguilar led the organization in the Statesville area, and Mujica-Vargas was the primary source of supply out of Winston-Salem. Law enforcement conducted a dozen purchases of narcotics totaling more than two kilograms of cocaine and approximately three ounces of methamphetamine from the organization. On the date of the arrests in August 2011, law enforcement searched Mujica-Vargas’ residence and seized a press for forming kilogram blocks of cocaine, a digital scale, $5,000 in U.S. currency, two handguns and a rifle. Mujica-Vargas kept one of the handguns in a flower pot in the living room near the entry to his home.

All defendants are currently in federal custody. They will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of federal facilities. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The case was investigated by HSI in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, NC SBI and the Yadkinville County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Davie County Sheriff’s Office, the Winston-Salem Police Department, and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman.



 

 

 

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