McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — 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.