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Atlanta federal judge sentences 13 members of cartel-linked drug trafficking cell

June 25, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Atlanta federal judge sentences 13 members of cartel-linked drug trafficking cell

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Thirteen members of a drug trafficking cell were handed prison sentences for conspiracy to launder money and drug trafficking by an Atlanta federal judge.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the prison sentences for the 13 convicted co-conspirators range from 2.5 to 20 years.

Following the court proceedings on Thursday evening, U.S. Attorney John Horn explained in a press release how members of the group smuggled “staggering amounts” of illegal drugs from Mexico to the Atlanta area.

Horn said the group used passenger buses with no paying passengers to move the drugs from Puebla, Mexico to Atlanta and were frequently hidden in batteries stored on the buses.

The indictment of the 13 defendants stemmed from a joint investigation involving federal, state and local authorities launched in October 2013, which resulted in seizures totaling $10 million including $680,000 in drugs profits, 600 pounds of methamphetamine, 27 kilos of cocaine, and 37 kilograms of heroin.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. sentenced Alejandro Carmona, 65, of Arlington, Texas and Reberiano Arroyo-Santana, 38, of Atlanta, to 20 years in federal prison.

Jose Alvarado-Delgado, 37, of Austell, Atenogenes Alvarado-Delgado, 35, of Powder Springs, were both hand 19-year prison terms. Ranferi Pineda-Campos, 29, of Lilburn along with Alan Arnold Lopez, 26, received 11-year sentences.

The handed down a 10-year prison term to Miguel Salinas, 24, of Lawrenceville, while Jose Antonio Pineda-Maldonado, 24, of Smyrna, received 10 years and one month in prison.

The remaining co-conspirators received the following sentences:

Blanca Hernandez, 43, of Alpharetta received eight years and one month in prison.

Rufino Pineda-Perez, 50, of Lawrenceville, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison.

Jose Ocampo-Jaimes, 37, of Lilburn, received five years and ten months in prison.

Jose Cardenas-Garcia, 50, of Kennesaw, was handed four years and nine months in jail and Yarely Pineda, 24, of Smyrna, received two years and six months in jail.

Horn said the case provided insight into Atlanta’s significant position as a prime location for Mexican cartels.

“This case stands as a disturbing example of Atlanta’s role as a trans-shipment hub for the Mexican cartels as they package drugs for the distribution across the east coast and collect the proceeds for transportation back to Mexico,” Horn said.

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