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Eight members La Familia Cartel meth trafficking ring based in Austin, San Antonio sentenced to prison

June 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Eight members La Familia Cartel meth trafficking ring based in Austin, San Antonio sentenced to prison Image courtesy of CBP

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On Wednesday, federal authorities sentenced eight members of a drug trafficking cell, based in Austin and San Antonio that has links to the La Familia cartel, to time behind bars.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas reported that the men, seven of whom are from Austin, were responsible for trafficking large amounts of meth that had been smuggled across the border in Austin and San Antonio from 2015 through 2016.

According to a Justice Department press release, authorities seized 75 kilos of meth during their investigation, along with nine kilos of cocaine and roughly $175,000 in cash linked to La Familia Cartel.

The eight defendants received the following sentences:

Oscar Maldonado, 32, was sentenced to 78 months.

Julio Rogel, 20, was sentenced to 88 months.

Jose Duenas, 35, was sentenced to 60 months
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Jorge Arellano, 36, was sentenced to 88 months.

Javier Jaimes, 28, was sentenced to 72 months.
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Javier Alvarez, 26, was sentenced to 57 months.

Jaime Carbajal, 26, was sentenced to 42 months.

Hugo Rodriguez, 31, was sentenced to 70 months.

Investigators said three additional members of the conspiracy are awaiting sentencing.

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