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Female kingpin linked to Mexico-based drug trafficking ring sentenced to eight years in federal prison

May 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Female kingpin linked to Mexico-based drug trafficking ring sentenced to eight years in federal prison

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The last member of a drug trafficking organization based in Mexico, who was formerly found guilty of attempted murder, armed robbery, and abduction, was sentenced on Monday to eight years behind bars, a term she will serve after completing a 24-year prison stint in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

According to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release,  31-year-old Mexican citizen Mayra Miranda was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton on Thursday.

The federal sentence comes after a five-year investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the DEA, the Department of Public Safety in Arizona, and Phoenix Police.

Mayra Miranda 31, of Mexico, appeared before U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton and was sentenced to an additional eight years in prison

“HSI is committed to working with law enforcement partners to pursue and dismantle drug organizations that distribute narcotics on the streets and spread violence in communities,” Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI-Phoenix, said in a statement. “This investigation uncovered criminal activity that extended from Phoenix to Mexico. I commend the outstanding collaborative effort by the agencies involved in this investigation.”

The investigation was launched after HSI special agents discovered that Miranda played a major role in a 2013 shooting incident in Phoenix that left two people injured.

Special agents then found that Miranda’s group had committed other violent acts to promote the group’s drug activities, including two attempted murders, abduction, and an armed robbery.

The conviction was the result of a five-year probe spearheaded by ICE HSI, with significant assistance from the DEA, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Phoenix Police Department.

In August 2013, HSI special agents carried out search warrants at two houses in Phoenix, which resulted in the recovery of five pounds of meth, 92 grams of heroin, and 12 guns.

The operation led to the arrest of several people who were charged with federal drug trafficking crimes, and state violations related to attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, and drug trafficking.

The others convicted include Jonathan Sanchez Mejines, of Mexico, who was sentenced to six years in federal and 16 years in state prison; along with Kayonte Shurcur; L.L Scott; Jovanny Andrade; and Bruno Brizuela.

The last four defendants pleaded guilty to attempted murder and aggravated assault. They received sentences that ranged from three years to 16 years behind bars.

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