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Two members of El Paso-based drug ring sentenced in federal court

January 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two members of El Paso-based drug ring sentenced in federal court

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Two men from Texas were sentenced in Amarillo’s federal court for their roles in an El Paso-based drug ring, according to officials.

The men were convicted of helping to move tons of marijuana from El Paso to cities in the Midwest for a drug ring led by Adan Reyes and his brother Guadalupe Reyes, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas stated.

In September, Manuel Rodrigues Reyes, 48, and Maximilliano Gonzales, 50, both pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiring to distribute over 1,000 pounds of marijuana, the El Paso Times reported.

Manuel Reyes was sentenced to five years and ten months behind bars, while Gonzales was sentenced to four years and three months,

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Reyes made $1,000 a week, and as part of a plea deal he will forfeit $150,000.

Both men are from Cactus, a small town located north of Amarillo. Cactus is near a ranch that was utilized as a transfer point for weed and drug profits between El Paso and St. Louis, Kansas City, and other cities.

Manuel Reyes worked as a mid-manager who counted cash, ensured that their drivers were paid and that the pot made it to their clients. He also transported cash shipments to El Paso.

Gonzales was a driver for the El Paso-based drug ring.

Adan Reyes, who is also known as “Papa” or “Señor,” pleaded guilty in July to drug charges and will be sentenced on February 22nd.

In November, Guadalupe Reyes was sentenced to 15 years and eight months behind bars on drug charges.

Over 20 people were arrested in connection with the Reyes drug organization, and several have been convicted and sentenced, one of which is Luis Ulysses Carrasco-Reid, a former El Paso church deacon who was hit with five years and ten months in federal prison.

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