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One of the biggest Mexican heroin traffickers sentenced in Arizona Federal Court

January 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
One of the biggest Mexican heroin traffickers sentenced in Arizona Federal Court

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A federal judge in Phoenix sentenced one of the top Mexican heroin traffickers to 11 years in prison earlier this month.

The DEA considered Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha aka “El Cuate” of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, one of the 42 biggest high priority drug suspects on the U.S. most wanted list.

Castro-Rocha, 42, pleaded guilty in the District Court of Arizona before Judge Roslyn O. Silver, who sentenced him to 11 years.

A federal judge in Charlotte, North Carolina  also sentenced him to 11 years back in August 2015 on a separate indictment. Both prison sentences will run concurrently.

U.S. Federal law enforcement agencies identified Castro-Rocha as the leader of a significant drug trafficking network that smuggled tons of heroin to at least ten states including North Carolina, California, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and Ohio.

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Castro-Rocha, who’s organization operated under the umbrella of the Sinaloa Federation, personally oversaw the cultivation, processing, importing, and distribution of massive quantities of black tar heroin from his base of operations in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Members of the criminal enterprise trafficked the heroin from Mexico to Phoenix area stash houses and then transported to other cities across the U.S.

In 2009, federal prosecutors in Arizona unsealed an indictment against Castro Rocha, which included the arrests of 429 suspected drug cartel members in 16 states.

Mexican authorities arrested Castro-Rocha in 2010 and subsequently extradited him to the United States in October of 2012.

“The sentencing of Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha sends a powerful message to drug traffickers that they cannot escape justice. They will pay for the destruction they cause in our communities,” Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman said after the sentencing hearing.

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