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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Three Sentenced in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MANUEL SERRATA, age 43, JOSE HINOJOSA, age 46, and JOSE CERVANTES-MARRON age 49, were sentenced today after being charged by an indictment with violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

According to court documents, SERRATA, HINOJOSA and CERVANTES-MARRON, along with two others, were arrested in November 29, 2016 with fifteen kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride while conducting a drug transaction in the parking lot of a Walmart in Houma, Louisiana. 

SERRATA was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release.  HINOJOSA was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment and five years of supervised release.  CERVANTES-MARRON was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment and two years of supervised release. 

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

Updated July 18, 2018