CORPUS CHRISTI–A Corpus Christi used car dealership owner was sentenced to federal prison for his role in a drug trafficking case involving cocaine.
Angel Mario Gonzalez, 48, of Corpus Christi and the owner of Mario’s Used Cares and Detail, was sentenced to prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 20 kilograms of cocaine and laundering drug proceeds.
Gonzalez pleaded guilty last April and Gonzalez was sentenced last Wednesday to more than 17 years in prison. Gonzalez is one of a trio of men charged for their involvement in trafficking cocaine.
The other two defendants, George Jacob Puebla III, 30, and Charles Ambrose Chavana, 26, both of Corpus Christi, also pleaded guilty in April and were sentenced last September.
Gonzalez, Puebla and Chavana were arrested last January following the delivery of 19 kilograms of cocaine to an undercover agent in the parking lot of a Corpus Christi hotel. Gonzalez, who had previously sold one kilogram of cocaine to the agent in December of 2010 for $24,000, had arranged with Puebla to deliver an additional 20 kilograms of cocaine last Jan. 20, 2011, for sale to the agent for more than $400,000.
After Gonzalez met with the agent in the parking lot, Puebla and Chavana arrived in separate vehicles. After a brief discussion with Puebla, Gonzalez walked to Chavana’s vehicle. There he retrieved an orange cooler containing 19 kilograms of cocaine and delivered the cooler to the agent. Following the delivery of the contraband, agents and officers conducting surveillance of the meeting arrested the three men.
The federal judge also ordered Gonzalez to forfeit the $24,000 paid by the agent for the one kilogram of cocaine in December 2010.
Puebla and Chavana were sentenced by Judge Hayden Head last September. Puebla was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, while Chavana was sentenced to 11 years.
All three men have been in federal custody without bond since their January arrests and will remain in custody pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.