Two More Defendants Sentenced in Methamphetamine Trafficking Investigation
United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that on February 25, 2019, Senior United States District Judge Laurie Smith Camp, sentenced Jasive Zamora-Carrillo to a term of imprisonment of 168 months, and Luis Tafoya to a term of imprisonment of 18 months. Zamora-Carrillo and Tafoya will serve their sentences in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Zamora-Carrillo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and use of facilities in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering. Ramon Penunuri-Noriega, another defendant in the case, was previously sentenced on January 14, 2019, to an equivalent term of imprisonment.
During the first few months of 2018, Zamora-Carrillo conspired with others to distribute multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine to customers throughout eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Luis Tafoya, a customer, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Tafoya drove with a fourth co-defendant from Lincoln, Nebraska, to a casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to obtain approximately four ounces of methamphetamine.
The case was primarily investigated by the Omaha Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Omaha Police Department, and the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force.