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Leader of Mexican Heroin Trafficking Organization Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

     PHOENIX – Today, Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha, 42, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge Roslyn O. Silver to over 11 years in prison.  Castro-Rocha previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute.

     “The sentencing of Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha sends a powerful message to drug traffickers that they cannot escape justice.  They will pay for the destruction they cause in our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman.  “DEA will never relent in our efforts to protect the American people from predators like Castro-Rocha.” 

     Castro-Rocha was the leader of a drug trafficking organization responsible for growing, processing, importing, and distributing massive quantities of heroin.  Between October 2008 and April 2009, law enforcement seized approximately 48 pounds of heroin, over $150,000 in currency, numerous vehicles, and a firearm from Castro-Rocha’s organization.  Castro-Rocha was indicted in November 2009, arrested in Mexico in May 2010, and extradited to the United States in October 2012 with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service.     

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, Phoenix Police Department, Mesa Police Department, Wickenburg Police Department, Navajo County Sheriff’s Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, with assistance from the Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs.  The prosecution was handled by Jonell L. Lucca, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:                  CR 09-1464-PHX-ROS

RELEASE NUMBER:          2016-004_Castro-Rocha


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Updated January 13, 2016

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: CR 09-1464-PHX-ROS / 2016-004_Castro-Rocha