Illinois Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Passing Counterfeit United States Currency and Attempted Passing Counterfeit United States Currency
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a man from Mexico convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 2, 2013, by U.S. Chief Judge Jeffery L. Viken.
Reyes Chavez-Rojo, age 25, was sentenced to 97 months in custody, 4 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Chavez-Rojo was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2012. He pled guilty on August 16, 2013.
Beginning no later than 2010 until May 15, 2012, Chavez-Rojo distributed in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana to Abraham Romero, and Romero would then engage in further distribution within the District of South Dakota. Chavez-Rojo was involved in this conspiracy with more than five participants and was acting as an organizer or leader. Romero was previously sentenced to 120 months in custody.
This case was investigated by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted L. McBride prosecuted the case.
Chavez-Rojo was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.