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Mexican National Sentenced To Six Years For Role In Berks-Schuylkill County Drug Ring

June 17, 2013

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a 31-year-old Mexican national who resided in the Reading area at the time of his arrest in November 2011, was sentenced today to serve six years in prison for participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy by Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Ivan Villasenor previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. The drug conspiracy operated in the Schuylkill and Berks County area between August and November 2011.

     Villasenor was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2011, as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Two co-defendants, Jose Sandoval-Martinez and Isaac Villasenor, have also pleaded guilty to participating in the conspiracy. Sandoval-Martinez was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Isaac Villasenor is awaiting sentencing.

     Judge Caputo also ordered that Ivan Villasenor be placed on five years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence, and pay a $100 special assessment. Villasenor also faces possible deportation as a result of his conviction.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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