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Sinaloa Cartel operatives sentenced to a combined 75 years in prison

August 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Sinaloa Cartel operatives sentenced to a combined 75 years in prison Left to right: Fidel Ayala-Agurrie, Martin Garcia, and Jorge Arreola-Camarena

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Georgia prosecutors announced Friday, the convictions of four members of the Sinaloa Cartel for their various roles in trafficking more than a kilo of heroin, producing meth, and possessing stolen firearms in a residence off of Highway 92 in Douglasville.

Ryan Leonard, the District Attorney in Douglas County, said the defendants were sentenced to a combined 75 years behind bars and are facing deportation upon the completion of their sentence.

In June 2017, law enforcement officials with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security agents carried out an arrest warrant for an individual in Douglasville.

According to the Douglas County Sentinel, investigations by local police led to information that this residence was being utilized to store and cook narcotics.

During the attempt to arrest the wanted suspect, agents saw a meth production operation inside of the home.

A search warrant was then secured, and while executing the search warrant, agents discovered a kilo of heroin which was concealed behind a wall in the home, 10.5 ounces of marijuana, a meth-cooking set up, liquid meth, more than $83,000 in cash, statues of Santa Muerte, three firearms, and two vehicles which had hidden compartments in them.

The suspects residing in the home, who were producing the drugs were Martin Cuellor Lopez, Fidel Ayala-Agurrie, Jorge Arreola-Camarena, and Jose Arreola-Camarena. Fidel Ayala-Agurrie and Jorge Arreola-Camarena were convicted felons and were previously deported from the U.S. back in 2011.

The Camarena brothers began providing information to the district attorney’s office during the case’s prosecution against the higher ranking members of the cartel, Lopez and Ayala-Agurrie.

In exchange for their cooperation, both brothers were given sentences of 30 years with the first 15 years to be served behind bars.

Martin Cuellor Lopez was given 40 years with 25 years to serve in prison, while Fidel Ayala-Agurrie received 30 years with the first 20 years in prison for their roles in leading the drug enterprise.

During sentencing Cusack discussed the thorough and exhaustive nature of the probe, praising the “collaborative investigation between local and federal law enforcement that led to the house where the Defendants were trafficking and manufacturing narcotics.”

Leonard referred to the conviction as “A strong message to cartels and gang members that we will aggressively prosecute them when they come to Douglas County and prey upon citizens who suffer from drug addiction.”

Leonard added, “Members of our community who suffer from addiction will continue to receive every resource we have to help them achieve sobriety. Part of that includes my office aggressively prosecuting the violent and dangerous dealers like members of the Sinaloa Cartel who engage in violence and the distribution of drugs like Heroin and Methamphetamine.”

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