Posted: Apr 25, 2013 12:52 PM by Ben Lloyd - email@example.com
Updated: Apr 25, 2013 1:31 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A Mexican citizen sentenced to 19 and a half years for conspiracy to cocaine faces deportation once he's released from custody. Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed down the sentence to Benito Aguilar-Ozuna, aka "Pichollo" this morning.
Prosecutors say the smuggling operation was discovered in 2006 during the search of a home or business in Robstown.
There are several others charged in the case, including a man considered the number three figure in the Zetas drug cartel at the time of his arrest.
Prosecutors say Carlos Alberto Oliva-Castillo aka "La Rana" was arrested back in 2011 and extradited from Mexico to Texas.
The group is believed to be responsible for distributing cocaine from South Texas to other parts of the state, Florida, California, Oregon, Georgia and Illinois.
Authorities seized a total of 174 kilos of cocaine during the investigation.
Oliva-Castillo is still awaiting prosecution for his alleged role in the case.
A group pf Robstown men linked to the case, but tried separately, are already serving time in federal prison. All were arrested in May 2008 during a raid on a home west of Robstown. They were sentenced in late 2008 and early 2009.
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