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Defendants Sentenced In Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy Case

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

LUBBOCK, Texas — Nine defendants convicted for their respective roles in a large cocaine distribution conspiracy that operated in Lubbock, Odessa, and Borger, Texas, have been sentenced, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

The last defendant to be sentenced in the case, Javier Lopez Lujan, 47, most recently of Odessa, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 120 months in federal prison.

Other defendants were sentenced as follows:

Manuel Carrillo Ortiz, 38, 46 months

Martin Cardona Gutierrez, 46, 168 months

Refugio Navarrete Gutierrez, 34, 70 months

Efren Fabela Lopez, 34, 6 months

Jerardo Salcedo Garcia, 27, 37 months

Ismael Velasco, 36, 48 months

Israel Velasco, 36, 70 months

During the investigation, law enforcement seized approximately 15 kilograms of cocaine, $200,000.00 in drug proceeds, and 10 firearms in Lubbock, Odessa, and Borger.

The investigation was conducted by the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Ector County Sheriff’s Office, Midland Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Border Patrol.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Cunningham prosecuted.

Updated June 22, 2015