The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa announced today that a high ranking member of the Sinaloa (Mexico) Drug Cartel was sentenced to a 19 ½ term of incarceration in a federal penitentiary after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges and reentry into the United States after deportation. According the U.S. Attorney’s press release, Demis Mokay-Fong, age 31, a Mexican national illegally present in the U.S., aided by co-conspirators distributed approximately 12 pounds of methamphetamine, over 11,000 of marijuana, and an undisclosed amount of cocaine using tractor-trailers. Mokay-Fong, as the Sinaloa Cartel’s representative in Florida, coordinated the smuggling of the illegal narcotics from Mexico and into Central Florida. According to officials, during the investigation, Mokay-Fong traveled to Philadelphia and stole a tractor-trailer filled with 8,000 pounds of marijuana inadvertently delivered to the wrong truck depot by a smuggler. The press release also stated that the investigation revealed the Cartel’s use of hit men and kidnappings to collect unpaid drug debts. Other Orlando, Florida based Sinaloa Cartel conspirators and associates of Mokay-Fong previously convicted and sentenced include Carlos Armando Castro-Medina, age 40, currently serving a 13 year prison term for drug trafficking; Irvin Gutierrez, age 26, serving a 6 year term. A fourth conspirator, Jesus Emmanuel Corrales, age 34, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is serving 3 year term of imprisonment for his role in the conspiracy. This case presents strong evidence that violent Mexican drug cartels have established well-staffed and funded bases of operations in major U.S. cities. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Border Patrol, and the Upper Allen Township, Pennsylvania, police department investigated the case.