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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Conspiracies

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


Cesar David Grangel, 49, a citizen of Mexico and undocumented resident of California, has been sentenced in federal court for a drug conspiracy and a firearm trafficking conspiracy, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced today. The sentencing followed Grangel’s guilty plea on January 25, 2018, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances (cocaine and methamphetamine) and conspiracy to transfer a firearm to an illegal alien. The court sentenced Grangel to a total sentence of 188 months imprisonment and five years supervised release on those charges and ordered the sentence to be served concurrently with an identical sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, based on a case that arose in the District of Idaho but was later transferred to the Southern District of Illinois.

According to court documents, from February 2015 to November 2016, Grangel served as a manager / supervisor of a drug conspiracy that operated in the Southern District of Illinois, the Central District of California, the District of Idaho, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the District of North Carolina. During the course of the conspiracy, law enforcement arrested an individual in the Southern District of Illinois who was transporting a load of firearms and ammunition on a return trip from Wisconsin to California. The firearms and ammunition were discovered in a sophisticated, non-factory compartment within the vehicle and were supposed to have been delivered to Grangel, an illegal alien, at Grangel’s direction. Grangel then intended to transfer the firearms to another person so they could be smuggled into Mexico.

Grangel also managed and supervised the transportation of controlled substances within California, as well as from California to Idaho, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

There is no parole in the federal system. The term of supervised release, which follows

service of imprisonment, will be non-reporting based upon Grangel’s anticipated removal from the United States.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the charges against Grangel. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.

Updated July 24, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses