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Federal judge sentences 11 members of Texas drug trafficking organization

February 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal judge sentences 11 members of Texas drug trafficking organization Left to right: Richard Jasso, Rudolfo Castaneda, Jesse Huerra, Antonio Flores, Gabriel Castaneda, Jose Montez

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A U.S. District Judge has sentenced a Texas resident to 30 years behind bars for his role in a drug trafficking organization earlier this week.

Federal prosecutors announced the sentencing 31-year-old Rudolfo Ledesma Castaneda, Jr., from San San Angelo, Texas, to 360 months in prison.

Ledesma Castaneda, Jr pleaded guilty in October 2016 to one count of distribution and possessing with the intent to distribute over 50 grams meth, according to U.S. Attorney, John Parker, for the Northern District of Texas.

According to a  Justice Department press release , Castaneda, along with 11 defendants of a drug trafficking organization, mostly from the San Angelo , Texas area, were arrested during a raid in July 2016.

Rudolfo Ledesma Castaneda, Jr

The operation was conducted by a joint Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force led by the DEA, the Department of Public Safety, and the San Angelo Police.

Additionally,  the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security, and the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office “provided valuable assistance in the operation,” the press release stated.

“Drug traffickers who have taken root in San Angelo and jeopardized the safety of our communities is a top priority for my office,” U.S. Attorney Parker said. “One agency can’t do it alone. I commend the DEA, the Department of Public Safety, and the San Angelo Police, along with other federal, state, and local agencies that lent assistance. When these agencies join efforts, nothing stands in their way, and we will push back against those who peddle this poison in our communities.”

Richard Jasso

Carey Matthews, the Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Commander, added: “Texas will not tolerate criminals who distribute drugs and endanger our residents. The department is proud to have participated in the multi-agency investigation that incorporated all levels of law enforcement and was key in disrupting this methamphetamine trafficking operation.”

According to the DOJ news release, Castaneda was the leader of the drug trafficking organization.  Of the 12 suspects who were indicted, 11 have been convicted, and ten have been sentenced. One defendant’s charges were dismissed.

Of the 12 suspects who were indicted, 11 have been convicted, and ten have been sentenced, one defendant’s charges were dismissed.

“Sentencing in the case is set for defendant Richard Jasso of San Angelo, Texas, on February 17, 2017,” the release stated. “Jasso was convicted in November 2016 on one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams of meth and aiding and abetting. The government filed a notice of enhancement because Jasso has two previous ‘felony drug offenses.’ If the Court finds those convictions are valid, then, the Court must impose a life sentence without parole.”

Jesse Huerra

The DOJ also noted that 31-year-old Jesse Huerra was sentenced to life behind bars. He was found guilty in September 2016 on one count each of possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of meth, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and being a felon in possession of guns.

The other members of the drug trafficking organization sentenced in the case include the following:

– Nancy Ann Flores, 41, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful use of a communications facility.

– Antonio N. Flores, 52, was sentenced to 70 months behind bars on two counts of unlawful use of a communications facility.

– Rudolfo Velasquez, 32, was hit with 60 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and aiding and abetting.

– Joe Lopez, III, 33, was sentenced to 125 months and pleaded guilty to one count of distributing and possession with intent to distribute meth and aiding and abetting.

– Jose G. Montez, 38, was sentenced to 151 months after he pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possessing with the intent to distribute meth and aiding and abetting.

– Shayna Kaye McCann, 25, was sentenced to 10 months after she pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony.

– Daniel Roy Lombrana, 29, was sentenced to 87 months behind bars and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

– Gabriel Castaneda, 30, was sentenced to 10 years and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute meth.

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