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February 3, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


Armando Guzman Villegas Sentenced To Five Years in Prison For Drug Trafficking Crimes

Sentence includes the forfeiture of approximately $4.1 million in drug money to the United States.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Armando Guzman-Villegas, 43, of Moreno Valley, Cal., was sentenced on February 2, 2012, to serve 60 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Villegas on July 13, 2011, to a federal indictment charging him with traveling in interstate commerce, aided and abetted by another, to promote a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and to a federal information charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Guzman-Villegas’ co-defendant, Francisco Javier Cruz-Ramirez, age 44, also of Moreno Valley, Cal., was sentenced on December 8, 2011, to serve 60 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, by the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Cruz-Ramirez on August 18, 2011, to a federal indictment charging him with traveling in interstate commerce, aided and abetted by another, to promote a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

The sentences included the forfeiture of the defendants’ interest in $4,078,713 in drug proceeds that was seized by law enforcement on March 12, 2011, after the semi-truck they were driving was stopped by the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) on Interstate 40 for following too close to another vehicle. Subsequent investigation revealed over 200 duct-taped bundles of money that they had concealed inside pallets of bottled water located in the trailer. Each duct-taped bundle contained $20,000.

U.S. Attorney William C. Killian said, “These cases demonstrate that the financial allure associated with drug trafficking comes with a price. As these cases show, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and law enforcement agencies will tirelessly strive to eradicate the profit-motive which fuels drug trafficking, and aggressively look to forfeit drug money wherever and whenever it is found.”

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