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Federal judge sentences head of Mexican Mafia drug trafficking ring sentenced to 32 years in prison

February 7, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge sentences head of Mexican Mafia drug trafficking ring sentenced to 32 years in prison

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A federal judge on Friday handed one of two leaders of a Mexican Mafia-linked drug trafficking conspiracy based in Laredo, Texas to 32 years in prison.

Federal authorities found Juan Pablo Contreras, a 43-year-old Laredo resident to be one of the main suppliers heroin, who purchased the drugs wholesale from a source in Mexico and distributed in Laredo and throughout other cities in Texas.

The drug trafficking ring also involved the smuggling and distribution vast amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine.

Contreras was sentenced to 390 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana. His conviction is part of a 2013 indictment that has seen close to two dozen members and associates of the Mexican Mafia plead guilty and sent to prison.

The indictment accused Juan Pablo Contreras of supplying kilogram amounts of heroin to Modesto Ramirez Jr., 46, Julio Jesus Rangel, 33, Jaime Tomas Hernandez-Rocha, 48, Pablo Contreras Jr., 44, Guadalupe Mario Contreras, 53, Carlos Contreras, 33, and Raul Victoriano Rojas, 43.

All pleaded guilty to the conspiracy except Ramirez, who was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute heroin.

Saldana also sentenced Guadalupe Mario Contreras, who negotiated the price of the heroin and introduced Juan Pablo Contreras to the Mexican supplier, to 262 months along with Carlos Contreras and Pablo Contreras Jr., who both received 210 months each.

Rojas and Ramirez were both given 198 months. Rangel was given a prison term of 240-months. Hernandez-Rocha, who was the gang’s enforcer, was sentenced to 252 months in jail.

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