Two Men Sentenced for Selling Cocaine from Mexico DTOs in Northern Virginia
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Rufino Oliva-Madrid, 34, of Sterling, Va., was sentenced to 188 months in prison for helping to organize and run a cocaine trafficking ring in Northern Virginia. He supplied another cocaine dealer, Jose Vasquez-Reyes, 45, of Ashburn, Va., who was also sentenced today to 135 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy and for possessing a firearm while dealing drugs.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge James C. Cacheris.
Oliva-Madrid and Vasquez-Reyes were among 15 individuals indicted on June 4, 2010, as part of a drug-trafficking conspiracy that involved the movement of multiple kilograms of cocaine from Mexico drug trafficking organizations to Texas then to Northern Virginia. To date, 11 members of the conspiracy have pled guilty, two await trial by jury, and two are being held on separate charges in other jurisdictions.
Oliva-Madrid pled guilty on July 16, 2010, to conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. He admitted that he oversaw the activities of co-conspirators in Northern Virginia by acting as a conduit for members of the conspiracy, selling drugs, receiving and transporting money, and protecting the organization from detection by law enforcement. He also worked to expand the operation into Philadelphia, Pa., and discussed with conspirators there his desire to rent a stash house where cocaine deliveries could be made.
On July 7, 2010, Vasquez-Reyes also pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. He admitted in court that he would regularly receive cocaine from Oliva-Madrid and would then re-sell the cocaine he received for profit. When law enforcement searched his home on June 4, 2010, they seized approximately $210,936, 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, assorted drug trafficking paraphernalia and found a loaded Kel-Tex 9mm firearm beneath his bed.
Since both men are not U.S. citizens, they will be presented to immigration authorities following their release from prison for deportation proceedings.
This Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, dubbed Operation School of Rock, was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the regional HIDTA Task Force, along with the police departments in Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Arlington, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Dennis Fitzpatrick and Karen Dunn are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.