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ANGELA DODGE

May 23, 2012

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Two More Handed Sentences in "Operation Dirty Dozen"

McALLEN, Texas – Two more men, both of Roma, Texas, have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a large scale drug trafficking organization operating out of Starr County, Texas, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Juan Norberto Moya, 51, and Jose Antonio Dominguez-Gonzalez, 24, were convicted Feb. 29, 2012, after pleading guilty.

At the hearing today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez handed Moya and Dominguez each a 120-month sentence for their convictions of possession with the intent to distribute approximately 818 kilograms of marijuana. On supervised released for prior drug trafficking convictions, Judge Alvarez further sentenced them to 12 months for that revocation which will be served consecutively to the sentence in this case for a total of 11 years in prison. They will each also serve eight years of supervised release following completion of their prison sentence.

Moya was involved in coordinating and scouting for a load of approximately 300 pounds of marijuana that was transported from Roma to McAllen, Texas. The marijuana was put in a larger load of 1,500 pounds of marijuana that was transported to Houston. Dominguez drove the pick-up truck loaded with the 300 pounds of marijuana from Roma, Texas to McAllen, Texas.

The convictions are the result of Nov. 1, 2011, indictment charging more than 20 men with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana as well as substantive counts of drug trafficking and money laundering.

In June 2009, federal agents began investigating the organization which revealed that large loads of marijuana were being importing from Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Once the marijuana was in the United States, the organization stored it in various stash houses in Roma, Mission and Edinburg before transporting it to Houston. During the course of the investigation, agents seized 11 loads of marijuana weighing approximately 4,700 kilograms (five tons) and seized approximately $120,000 in drug proceeds.

The men have been in custody since their arrest where they will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Last week, Lauro Arturo Treviño Sr., 60, a legal permanent resident alien residing in Roma, Texas, pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute approximately 818 kilograms of marijuana along with Roberto Lee Coronado, 33, of Edinburg, Texas, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute approximately 285 kilograms of marijuana. Treviño was sentenced to 65 months, while Coronado received a 52-month-term of imprisonment. Felipe Ramirez, 28, a legal permanent resident residing in Roma was sentenced on April 17, 2012, to 37 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute 285 kilograms of marijuana. Guadalupe Garcia, 53, of Houston, and Francisco Javier Treviño, 29, a legal permanent resident alien residing in Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty Feb. 6, 2012, and are awaiting sentencing. Eight others were convicted March 23, 2012 - Miguel Angel Ramos-Lozano, 39, a legal permanent resident alien residing in Roma; Mario Alberto Trevino, 40, and Lauro Arturo Trevino Jr., 36, both of Roma; Jose Heriberto Jara, 41, a Mexican citizen residing in Penitas, Texas; Jose Roel Salinas, 55, of McAllen, Texas; Elias Loredo-Martinez, 42, a legal permanent resident alien residing in Escobares, Texas; and Baldomero Vega, 57, and Ivan Baldomero Vega, 31, both of Edinburg, Texas. The case against Walter Jorge Araiza-Rivera, 29, a Mexican citizen residing in Edinburg, is still pending. He is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

The charges against the remaining seven defendants, Jesus Eden Landa-Gomez, 38, Felix Landa-Gomez, 40, both of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico; Luis Rios-Garza, 23, of Mission, Texas; Ismael Garcia-Gonzalez, 43, a Mexican citizen residing in Roma, Texas, and Luis Antonio Ramirez, 24, of Roma; Juan Garza, a Mexican citizen last known to reside in Houston; and Raul Rosillo, 59, of Alton, Texas; are fugitives and a warrant remains outstanding for their arrests. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact Drug Enforcement Administration at 956-992-8400.

The Organized Crime Drug Task Force Investigation dubbed Operation Dirty Dozen was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Anibal J. Alaniz is prosecuting the case.