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Reputed Sureños gang member convicted in drug conspiracy case in federal court

February 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Reputed Sureños gang member convicted in drug conspiracy case in federal court

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A reputed Sureños gang member was found guilty on multiple drug trafficking-related charges in El Paso, Texas.

Carlos “Chapo” Dorado, who was charged after close to a three-year investigation by various law enforcement agencies, was found guilty on Tuesday of one count of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, and two counts of distributing, selling, or dispensing a controlled substance.

The trial, which started Monday, was held at the Albert Armendariz Sr. U.S. Federal Courthouse with Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones presiding over the case.

Dorado’s sentencing is scheduled for April 25th.

Dorado and Alonso were among 27 defendants indicted in the case in El Paso Federal  Court

Dorado and his co-defendant Melissa “Poison Ivy” Alonso were among over two dozen reported Sureños gang members who were arrested in July as part of a probe investigating drug dealing and gun sales.

Alonso was sentenced to over five years behind bars on each count.

The investigation was spearheaded by the FBI, the U.S. DEA, and the El Paso Police Department, along with several other law enforcement units, The El Paso Times reported.

Dorado and Alonso were allegedly selling meth from October 2014 until June 2015, court documents revealed.

Dorado planned to distribute over 50 grams of meth on October 30, 2014, and more than five grams of meth on January 23, 2015.

Records also indicate that Alonso intended to distribute meth.

Alonso pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing, selling or dispensing a controlled substance as part of a plea deal reached with prosecutors. As part of the agreement, a charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance was dropped.

The Sureños are a loose conglomeration of Mexican Mafia offshoots that started in Southern California are among “one of the most violent gangs” in that part of the country, according to the 2015 Annual Texas Gang Assessment Report.

 

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