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Four-Time Deported Mexican National Sentenced To Federal Prison For Trafficking Cocaine

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

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara has sentenced Americo Bautista-Villarreal (59, Mexico) to seven years and eight months in federal prison months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Bautista-Villarreal had pleaded guilty on November 20, 2021.

According to court documents, Bautista-Villarreal was deported from the United States on four previous occasions, including in 1998, 2008, 2015, and 2017. In February 2020, Bautista-Villarreal participated in coordinating and planning shipments of cocaine from Mexico and Texas for delivery in the Middle District of Florida.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diego F. Novaes.

Updated December 4, 2023

Drug Trafficking