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South Florida couple tied to Mexican drug cartel sentenced for conspiring to distribute cocaine

March 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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Two individuals “with ties to a Mexican drug cartel” were sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to distribute over 17 kilos of cocaine, the Department of Justice stated.

According to a Justice Department press release, Jose Nunez, 66, was sentenced to 11 years behind bars, and Sila Nunez to six years in a federal lockup.

The suspects, both of Fort Myers, entered guilty pleas this past November.

An undercover U.S. DEA agent purchased an ounce of cocaine from Jose twice between 2016 and July 2017.

“After the second transaction, his wife, Sila, told the agent that they could do bigger deals in the future, up to a ‘kilo,’” the Department of Justice indicated in a statement.

A probe indicated that the couple was “large-scale drug traffickers.” The couple received four multi-kilo shipments of cocaine through drug couriers and returned hundreds of thousands of dollars to the group between October 2016 and July 2017.

DEA agents also raided the couple’s home in July 2017 and recovered a stash of cocaine and over $10,000 in drug proceeds.

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