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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 15, 2016

Leader of D.C. Metro Area Cocaine Conspiracy Sentenced

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jorge Enrique Mendez-Limon, 34, of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, was sentenced today to 180 months in prison for leading a multi-state cocaine distribution conspiracy. Mendez-Limon was also ordered to forfeit $540,000.

According to court documents, Mendez-Limon ran an organization that imported multiple kilograms of cocaine from Mexico for distribution to customers primarily located in Maryland and Virginia. Mendez-Limon utilized a stash house in Maryland to store and prepare cocaine, and to store drug proceeds. A handgun with an obliterated serial number was seized from the stash house in June 2015.

Name

Age

Hometown

Sentencing Details

Jorge Enrique Mendez-Limon

34

Berwyn Heights, Maryland

Sentenced to 180 months today.

Roberto Carlos Esparza-Suarez

26

Dale City

Sentenced to 120 months on Dec. 18, 2015.

Marco Valdez-Hernandez

35

Denver, Colorado

Sentenced to 120 months on Dec. 18, 2015.

Lisette Natalie Cordova

24

Dale City

Sentenced to 24 months today.

Jose Komairo Hernandez-Lopez

34

Woodbridge

Sentenced to 14 months on Dec. 11, 2015.

Joaquin Santana Rivera Mejia

37

Unknown

Sentencing scheduled for Feb. 19, 2016.

Laura Shepherd

38

Berwyn Heights, Maryland

Sentenced to 30 months on Jan. 8, 2016.

Alexander Lorenzo

33

Hyattsville, Maryland

Sentencing scheduled for Jan. 22, 2016.

Christopher Flores

36

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Sentencing scheduled for March 4, 2016.

Josue Emmanuel Rivera-Lemus

32

Riverdale, Maryland

Sentencing scheduled for Jan. 22, 2016.

Fredy Armando Pereira

36

Adelphi, Maryland

Sentenced to 48 months on Dec. 4, 2015.

Jeovany Francisco Andrade

29

Rockville, Maryland

Sentenced to 40 months on Dec. 17, 2015.

Luis Manuel Villa Castelan

34

Bronx, New York

Sentenced to 84 months on Dec. 17, 2015.

Juan Delao

41

Triangle

Sentencing scheduled for Feb. 19, 2016.

 

This case arose out of a year-long investigation led by a task force of federal and local law enforcement officers into connected cocaine distribution networks in Virginia and Maryland. The defendants represent various components in a criminal enterprise responsible for obtaining and distributing cocaine throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The defendants include alleged street level dealers with ties to the transnational 18th Street gang. During the course of arrests in June 2015, agents recovered multiple firearms, distribution quantities of cocaine, and over $45,000 in U.S. currency.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Washington, D.C. Field Office; and Stephan M. Hudson, Chief of Prince William County Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Clarke and Andrea Duvall prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:15-cr-183.

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated January 15, 2016