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Local drug distribution network dismantled

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

CORPUS CHRISTI – The final members of a Corpus Christi drug trafficking organization have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Gilbert DeLosSantos, 51, and his wife, Corina DeLosSantos, 56, pleaded guilty Nov. 7, 2022, while Lawrence Guevara, 52, and Amber Ramirez, 35, entered their pleas Sept. 29, 2022. All are from Corpus Christi.

Today, U.S. District Judge David Morales found Gilbert DeLosSantos to be a leader in the conspiracies and sentenced him to a total of 180 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by 10 years of supervised release. Corina DeLosSantos received a 54-month-term of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for her role in the money laundering conspiracy.

Judge Morales previously sentenced Guevara and Ramirez for their respective involvement in the drug conspiracy to 120 and 51 months, respectively.

As a result of the criminal convictions in this case, approximately $13,000 in U.S. currency and six pieces of real property have been forfeited to the United States.

In September 2019, a seizure of cocaine at the Sarita Border Patrol checkpoint sparked an investigation into a drug trafficking operation that Gilbert DeLosSantos ran in Corpus Christi. This resulted in the identification of drug distribution locations and multiple individuals ranging from street-level dealers to mid-level suppliers.

On May 10, 2022, authorities conducted four federal search warrants at locations in the Corpus Christi area. At one, they arrested Guevara and Ramirez who were workers at the residence and seized 634 grams of cocaine, 331 grams of heroin, 31 grams of crack cocaine, $1,170 U.S. currency and several drug ledgers.

Law enforcement later arrested DeLosSantos at his residence and seized approximately $12,000 in U.S. currency, multiple phones and electronic devices, Nueces County property tax statements and banking records.

The investigation led authorities to believe DeLosSantos and his organization were selling approximately one kilogram each of cocaine and heroin per week.

Previously released on bond, both were permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender at a later date.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation dubbed Operation New Trap on the Block with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection, Corpus Christi Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety.

OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found on the Department of Justice’s OCDETF webpage.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt prosecuted the case.

Updated May 4, 2023

Drug Trafficking