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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

Monday, June 5, 2017

Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 245 Months in Federal Prison

DALLAS — Rolando Benitez, aka “San Luis,” 35, arrested in July 2015 following a law enforcement operation that was led by the FBI, the Dallas Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, has been sentenced, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.


Last week, Benitez was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 245 months in federal prison. Benitez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a schedule I controlled substance in October 2016.


According to documents filed in the case, beginning on October 29, 2014 and continuing through February 2, 2015, Benitez and others possessed with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin.


The FBI, Dallas Police Department, and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation led the investigation with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety; the DFW Department of Public Safety; the U.S. Department of State; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Transportation Security Administration; the U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations; and the Fort Worth, McKinney, Mesquite, and Plano Police Departments.


Assistant U.S. Attorney George Leal prosecuted.


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Drug Trafficking
Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600
Updated June 5, 2017