ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A 29-year-old man from Texas has been sentenced to more than 19 years for leading a cocaine trafficking conspiracy that funneled illegal drugs from Mexico to Texas, Arkansas, Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District Of Virginia.
Jorge Gutierrez of Austin, Texas will serve 235 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Gutierrez was among 15 people indicted on June 4, 2010 for conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. All 15 have been convicted.
According to court records, Gutierrez led the cocaine trafficking ring from December 2009 to June 2010. He went to Mexico, purchased cocaine, and then arranged to transport the cocaine to his home in Austin. Gutierrez was also responsible for coordinating the transport of drug proceeds after the sale of cocaine in Virginia. Gutierrez had his co-conspirators deliver the cocaine from Texas in vehicles to Arkansas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Approximately 60 kilograms of cocaine were transported into Virginia during six months.