COPPUS CHRISTI–Two leaders of drug trafficking and money laundering operation were sentenced to long prison sentences in a federal courtroom in Corpus Christi.
United States District Judge Hayden Head sentenced Marin Herrera, 57, of McAllen, and Omar Alvarez, 38, of Sullivan City for their involvement in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and launder the drug proceeds.
Herrera was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each of two counts of conviction to be followed by a five-year-term of supervised release and fined him $25,000.
Alvarez was given a 15 year prison sentence followed by a five-year-term of supervised release and also fined him $25,000.
The court granted the government’s motions to forfeit the interest of these men in 77 pieces of real property, which were either acquired with or used to facilitate their crimes. The properties which now belong to the United States include a subdivision in McAllen, which was used to launder illegal drug proceeds, two lots and two residences.
Herrera pleaded guilty in last September to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments from 2006 to 2010.
Alvarez pleaded guilty in January of last year to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
Herrera and Alvarez occupied positions as leaders of a drug trafficking and money laundering organization that distributed more than 300 kilograms of cocaine from January 2006 to June 2010, with distribution points in Miami, Fla., Chicago, Ill., Atlanta, Ga., and Houston.
The organization also laundered more than $4 million in United States currency during the same time period.
Herrera used his two Corpus Christi area real estate businesses – New Millenium Developers LLC and Herrera Property & Investments – to launder the drug proceeds for the drug organization with which he worked.
Alvarez used one of his residences in Sullivan City, Texas, as a trans-shipment location for this organization’s cocaine and drug proceeds.
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