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Cartel meth cook sentenced to 10 years in Brooklyn Federal Court

March 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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A meth cook for a violent drug cartel based in Mexico who was tasked with improving the purity of methamphetamine will spend ten years behind bars in the U.S.

U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue announced the sentencing of Jose Dagoberto Cortez-Perez in Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday.

Federal prosecutors said Cortez-Perez played a key role in a drug trafficking network that imported and sold tons of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in New York and other locations across the U.S.,

According to a Justice Department press release,  Cortez-Perez was a “chemist” or “cook” for a Mexican transnational criminal organization that trafficked significant quantities of heroin, meth, cocaine, and marijuana.

Officials said Cortez-Perez was sent to the U.S. to “clean” meth that was not sufficiently pure, to increase demand and prices, while also making the drug more addictive.

U.S. Drug Enforcement officials said the native of Sinaloa, Mexico was apprehended in 2016 at a home in Minnesota and seized 140 pounds of meth and $130,000 in cash.

He entered a guilty plea in September to charges of conspiracy to import thousands of kilos of narcotics.

“Cortez-Perez traveled around the country on behalf of the cartel and enhanced the addictive nature of its narcotics, which ultimately increased demand and price for them,” Donoghue said in a statement.

“Today, drug trafficking organizations are on notice that we will bring the full weight of the law to bear on those activities that destabilize our communities.”

Prosecutors said Cortez-Perez will be immediately deported back to Mexico after he completes his sentence.

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