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Dallas man and co-defendants sentenced for drug trafficking and money laundering

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U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay in Dallas, Texas sentenced Andres Hernandez, Jr., a/k/a “Gordo,” 34, yesterday, to 25 years for his drug conspiracy conviction and 10 years for his money laundering conviction, to run concurrently. Hernandez was arrested on November 1, 2012, and pleaded guilty September 2013 to one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and one count of money laundering. According to court records he also admitted that in March 2012, he purchased a parcel of land in Barry, Texas with money he obtain from his wife, Griselda Hernandez, 34, the money was obtain from drug proceeds. Mrs. Hernandez pleaded guilty on her role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.

Federal search warrants were executed on November 1, 2012 at various locations in Dallas by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force. One of those warrants was for Hernandez’s residence on W. Colorado Blvd. in Dallas, where law enforcement agents found approximately 20 pounds of marijuana, digital scales and a loaded firearm.

Documents filed in the case show Hernandez admitted he received and routinely distributed multi-pound quantities of marijuana from and to several supply sources between January 2011 and the date of his arrest. He admitted that he stored this marijuana at his residence and at the residence of Benicio Pena, Jr., a/k/a “Nene,” 63, on Lourdes Street in Dallas. Pena was sentenced to federal prison for 42 months for her part in the conspiracy.

Others who were served and arrested in the November 2012 included; Serviano Contreras, a/k/a “Seven” and “Junior,” 27, now serving 48 month and Virgilio Espinosa Delacruz, a/k/a “Chaparro,” 41, now serving 44 months in federal prison. Also, Jarvis Holmes, 43, received 51 months; Jerry Cardenas, 32, received 48 months; Lamont Morgan, 35, received 46 months; Roberto Lopez Delacruz, 27, received 16 months; Santoy, received 15 months; and Claudia Castillo, 21, who is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17, 2014.

U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas, made the announcement and Assistant U.S. Attorney Phelesa Guy was in charge of the prosecution.

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