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Four Las Vegas Residents Plead Guilty For Roles In Large Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Two men and two women pleaded guilty on Thursday for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and counterfeit Oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich of the District of Nevada and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Neill of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Esperanza Sanabia-Araujo (61), Marla Mariscal-Sanabia (31), Armando Mariscal (62), and Fernando Bueno (29), all of Las Vegas, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance before U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro. Sentencing hearings are scheduled for December 16, 2020.

According to court documents, on October 2, 2019, law enforcement arrested Sanabia-Araujo, Mariscal-Sanabia, Mariscal, and Bueno during a delivery of 50 pounds of methamphetamine and 5,000 counterfeit Oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl. Law enforcement also recovered a firearm from the vehicle that the defendants used to deliver the drugs.

The mandatory minimum faced by each defendant is 10 years in prison, and the maximum statutory penalty is up to life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine. The sentencing of a defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

In addition to Sanabia-Araujo, Mariscal-Sanabia, Mariscal, and Bueno, four other individuals were each charged in the indictment, which was returned on October 2, 2019, by a federal grand jury: Victor Araujo, Reynaldo Sanabia-Araujo, and Renzo Mariscal-Sanabia. They are considered fugitives and a warrant remains outstanding for their arrests. Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is asked to contact your local law enforcement office. An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was the product of an investigation by the DEA.


Updated August 7, 2020

Drug Trafficking