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Oakland man sentenced for drug trafficking conspiracy tied to 85-pound cocaine seizure

February 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Oakland man sentenced for drug trafficking conspiracy tied to 85-pound cocaine seizure

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A man in Oakland, California who was indicted alongside a dozen suspects on charges of drug trafficking conspiracy was sentenced to over 16 years behind bars last week.

On Wednesday, a defendant who sold two pounds of “extremely pure” meth and a pound of cocaine to an undercover officer, Ismael Mendoza Rodriguez, was hit with a sentence of 16 years and eight months. A co-defendant, Carlos Martinez, was given a sentence of 30 months, according to the East Bay Times.

The man who is referred to as the leader of the drug trafficking conspiracy, Carlos “Green Eyes” Hernandez, is awaiting sentencing. The indictment claims that he laundered over $135,000 by going to casinos, converting the money into chips, and receiving multi-thousand dollar payouts at a time. He preferred Fresno County’s Table Mountain Casino the most, making the majority of his 61 trips there.

Law enforcement officials described it as an extensive statewide operation where drugs were smuggled to the Bay Area from Mexico and Southern California. During the probe, which was launched with a 2015 wiretap operation headed by Concord police and the DEA, agents seized over 85 pounds of cocaine, 58 pounds of meth, 11 pounds of heroin, and $1 million.

Some of the drugs, which included 22 “brick-like packages” of meth, were discovered concealed in secret compartments of vehicles. Ten firearms and a bulletproof vest were also recovered.

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