Feb. 3, 2011
SIX MEN SENTENCED FOR NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
(LAREDO, Texas) - Six men have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from 60 and 170 months for trafficking narcotics, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
Moises Gonzalez-Tovar, Javier Gonzalez-Tovar, Fernando Regalado-Cabrerra, Martin Carrillo-Montoya, all citizens of Mexico, and U.S. citizens Jesus Gonzalez-Gonzalez Jr. and Fernando Guadalupe Rojas all pleaded guilty between June and August 2010 to one count of possessing with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. Yesterday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Regalado-Cabrerra, 42, to 170 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release in addition to 18 months for violating his supervised release on a previous conviction, five months of which are to run consecutive to the 170 months imposed on the present conviction. Moises Gonzalez-Tovar, 34, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, while Javier Gonzalez-Tovar, 45, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Carrillo-Montoya, 47, received 120 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release and Jesus Gonzalez-Gonzalez Jr., 25, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $1,500 fine. Guadalupe Rojas, 25, will serve 60 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.
On March 30, 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents received information that a tractor-trailer loaded with marijuana was proceeding from the World Trade Bridge to a warehouse in Killam Industrial Park, Laredo, Texas, where special agents maintained surveillance. There, special agents saw bundles of marijuana transferred from the tractor-trailer to a white truck, which then departed late in the afternoon and arrived at a home in South Laredo. Several hours later, special agents saw the truck depart that location and proceed to Moises Gonzalez-Tovar’s residence. Later that evening, agents applied for and obtained a federal search warrant to search Moises Gonzalez-Tovar’s residence. In the meantime, the white truck departed Moises Gonzalez-Tovar’s residence. Law enforcement officers stopped it and found 94 bundles of marijuana, weighing 1,248.6 kilograms (2752.7 pounds). Officers also stopped other vehicles that had departed the residence and between those traffic stops and executing the search warrant at the residence, the six men sentenced yesterday as well as a seventh - Roberto Hernandez-Angeles - who is pending sentencing, were arrested. Several of them gave statements to special agents early the next morning admitting their involvement in the incident.
All seven defendants were indicted on April 27, 2010, and at the time of their guilty pleas last summer admitted possessing with intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana on March 30, 2010.
Hernandez-Angeles is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.
All six of the defendants sentenced today have been in custody since their arrest and will remain in custody pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility where they will serve out their sentence.
The investigation leading to the indictment and conviction was conducted by ICE-HSI special agents. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank T. Pimentel.
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