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Drug Trafficker And Former Member Of The Texas Mexican Mafia Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina
United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District Of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Fred Carrasco, Jr., 37, of Mexico was sentenced today to 185 months in prison on drug trafficking and firearms offenses, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also ordered Carrasco to serve five years under court supervision upon completion of his prison term.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Chief Rodney D. Monroe, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

According to court documents and court proceedings:

According to court documents and court proceedings, Carrasco is a former member of the Texas Mexican Mafia and an affiliate of the Sureños 13 and MS-13 gangs in Charlotte. Court records indicate that from 2005 to 2009, Carrasco was responsible for supplying more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and 500 grams of cocaine to Charlotte and elsewhere, which had been smuggled into the United States from Mexico. According to court records, Carrasco fled to Mexico in 2009 and returned in 2013 to face the federal drug trafficking charges filed in the Western District. He pleaded guilty in January 2014 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

Carrasco has been in federal custody since July 2013 and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

This FBI and CMPD investigated the case. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

Updated March 19, 2015