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Mexican Drug Supplier Sentenced

February 25, 2014

Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ----- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that ISMAEL JUAREZ DELGADO, age 32, of Guerro, Mexico, was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.
United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. of Columbia sentenced DELGADO to 12 years imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release. DELGADO, an illegal alien, will be deported after serving his active sentence.   A $500,000 money judgment was also entered against DELGADO.

DELGADO was one of over 120 defendants charged in 2009 following a series of court-authorized, FBI-monitored wiretaps over multiple telephones in the Columbia area. The evidence in the case indicated that DELGADO, who remained a fugitive on this indictment until his 2013 arrest in Georgia, assisted his brother Israel Juarez Delgado, who was a major supplier of kilogram quantities of cocaine to a number of local drug organizations.  Israel Juarez Delgado was previously sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.

The case was investigated by agents and officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Midlands Violent Gang Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.


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