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Third “Project Python” man sent to prison

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

LAREDO, Texas – A 50-year-old resident of Guanajuato, Mexico, has been ordered to prison for his role in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute meth, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Jose Domingo Ibarra Martinez pleaded guilty April 26, 2021.

U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana has now ordered him to serve 120 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard about Martinez duties within the organization including his role in coordinating the transport of drugs with other truck drivers.

From August 2015 until March 2018, Martinez and others were engaged in the importation of large quantities of meth into the United States via the ports of entries in Laredo. The drug loads were further distributed throughout the United States. 

Martinez admitted to smuggling various drug-laden items into the country,  including over 150 vehicle batteries during the course of the conspiracy.  The investigation revealed the batteries originated from Michoacán, Mexico with an average load of 7.5 kilos of meth. 

Martinez admitted the organization had imported more than 1,000 drug-laden items. 

Two others were previously sentenced - David Almanza, 43, and Eduardo Coronel-Cardoza, 35, both of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, received 198 months and 78 months, respectively.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) led the Organized Crime and Drug Task Forces (OCDETF) operation with the assistance of Laredo Police Department and sheriff’s offices in Victoria and Williamson Counties. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony J. Evans is prosecuting the case.

It is part of Project Python, a nationwide DEA-led operation the Department of Justice announced in March 2020. The Project Python operation targeted the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación and has resulted in more than 600 arrests, 350 indictments as well as significant seizures of money and drugs across the United States.

Updated August 30, 2023

Drug Trafficking