LAREDO, Texas – A 35-year-previous Laredo resident has been requested to federal prison soon after conspiring to have with the intent to distribute 1,261.5 kilograms of cannabis, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Jose Luis Villalba, pleaded guilty in Oct 2020 as did Hector Gonzalez, 35, also of Laredo.
Right now, U.S. District Decide Nelva Gonzalez Ramos purchased Villalba to serve a 120-month sentence to be instantly adopted by 5 several years of supervised launch. At the listening to, the courtroom read further information and facts including evidence detailing his part in the offense as a supervisor and supervisor for the drug-trafficking business.
Gonzalez gained his sentence April 7. U.S. District Choose Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered him to 132 full months in prison to be quickly followed by 5 a long time of supervised release.
On July 9, 2016, Villalba and Gonzalez coordinated the transportation of a big load of marijuana inside a tractor-trailer earlier the Border Patrol checkpoint north of Laredo. Legislation enforcement intervened and recovered somewhere around 2,775 kilos of marijuana.
The cannabis had an approximate street price of $4 million.
Villalba was permitted to continue to be on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the in close proximity to upcoming, whilst Gonzalez is in custody.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and Customs and Border Safety performed the investigation. Assistant U.S. Lawyer Francisco J. Rodriguez prosecuted the scenario.