Members of marijuana distribution ring sentenced to prison

Members of marijuana distribution ring sentenced to prison
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 10:30am

Four Mexican nationals, living in the Valley, were sentenced to prison for their involvement in a distribution ring trafficking marijuana.

U.S. Chief District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced Mexican Nationals Gabriel Miramontes, 36, Carlos Garza-Salazar, 31, Jose Gonzalez-Lopez, 27, and Librado Zuniga-Polanco, 30 to federal prison after being convicted for marijuana trafficking conspiracy,

Narcotics investigators of the Texas Department of Public Safety launched an investigation, in September and October 2011, into a marijuana distribution ring operating out of a rented warehouse unit in Pharr.

A traffic stop was conducted on a commercial vehicle leaving the warehouse after investigators observed several individuals packaging and loading narcotic into the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed the presence of 1,906 pounds of the drug.

Miramontes was sentenced to federal prison for over 8 years. Garza-Salazar, Gonzalez-Lopez and Zuniga-Polanco were sentenced to 5, over 2 and half and over a year for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than 220 pounds of marijuana.

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