Alfonso Martinez-Cruz, Alberto Garcia Calderon, Alejandro Quintana Cardenas, Sergio Garcia-Virelas, Felipe Alvarado-Ponce, Jesus Bustos-Penaloza, Face Federal Drug Charges

7:03 PM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Six sentenced for attempting to create a distribution network for crystal methamphetamine in the Washington, D.C. area.

Alfonso Martinez-Cruz, 39, was the lastest to be sentenced on June 22 by the U.S. District Court. He received 81 months in prison on a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess methamphetamine.

Others who plead guilty and were sentenced in this case are: Alberto Garcia Calderon, 37 years-of-age and  leader of the ring, received a 16-year prison term; Alejandro Quintana Cardenas, 26, sentenced 15 years; Sergio Garcia-Virelas, 26, sentenced 11 years; Felipe Alvarado-Ponce, 37, received a 64-month prison term and Jesus Bustos-Penaloza, 53; senteced to seven years.

All were arrested in various locations in the Atlanta, Ga. area and Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) estimates the street values of the seized drugs included more than $13 million worth of methamphetamine, $118,000 of cocaine, and $49,500 of marijuana.

The investigation developed evidence that the ring had or was claiming ties to "La Familia," a Mexican drug cartel that operates in that country and the United States.


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