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Jet-setting drug cartel operative sentenced to 20 years in prison for running meth trafficking network

August 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Jet-setting drug cartel operative sentenced to 20 years in prison for running meth trafficking network

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A Virginia circuit court judge sentenced a jet-setting Mexican drug cartel operative to 20 years in prison for running a vast meth trafficking network.

Federal prosecutors said in an announcement last week that 28-year-old Luis Antonio Cardenas-Romero was sentenced to 20-years in prison in Augusta Circuit Court to 20 years for drug trafficking, distribution, and racketeering.

Cardenas-Romero pleaded guilty in February to charges including racketeering (RICO) and distribution of 200 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, The News Leader reported.
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According to court documents, in February of 2017, investigators with the Skyline Drug and Gang Task Force, identified Cardenas-Romero, a native of Michoacan, Mexico, as a supply source of methamphetamine linked to a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization.

Virginia prosecutor Phil Figura said Cardenas-Romero operated the meth trafficking network, pocketing more than $400,000 in illicit drug profits.

The prosecutors added that over the course of the 13-month investigation, Cardenas-Romero purchased vehicles in Harrisonburg, Virginia that were ultimately shipped to Mexico.

Investigators also witnessed Cardenas-Romero often jetting to Cuba and Europe.

The investigation resulted in the seizure of more than four pounds of methamphetamine with a street value in excess of $170,000, and two vehicles from Cardenas-Romero’s residence in Stuarts Draft, Virginia.

A Shenandoah Valley Multi-Jurisdiction Grand Jury indicted Cardenas-Romero under the RICO statute in February 2018.

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