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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mexican National and Two Texas Men Plead Guilty to Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MANUEL SERRATA, age 42, JOSE GUADALUPE CERVANTES-MARRON, age 48, and JOSE HINOJOSA, age 45, pleaded guilty today to violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

According to court documents, the three men were part of a conspiracy to distribute fifteen kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride.  Several members of the conspiracy were arrested in November 2016 with fifteen kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in Houma, Louisiana.  Two others have previously pleaded guilty to their role in the conspiracy.

SERRATA and HINOJOSA each face a minimum term of ten years of imprisonment up to life, a maximum fine of $10,000,000, at least five years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment. CERVANTES-MARRON faces a term of zero to twenty years of imprisonment, a maximum fine of $1,000,000, at least three years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment. Sentencing is set before Judge Martin L. C. Feldman on July 18, 2018.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisiana State Police, and the Terrebonne Parish Sherriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorneys James S. C. Baehr and David Haller are in charge of the prosecution.

 

Updated April 11, 2018