McALLEN–A Mexican man gets sentenced to nearly25 years in prison for Wednesday his role in a drug conspiracy and exporation of ammunition case in the Rio Grande Valley.
Edgar Daniel Zapata, 31, from Mexico, was sentenced to 292- months in prison term for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 3,000 kilograms of marijuana and 66 kilograms of cocaine, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Zapata also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to export 1,800 rounds of ammunition from the United States into Mexico and was sentenced to 240 months to run concurrent with his other sentence.
Eight others have also entered guilty pleas in relation to this case, of which five have already been sentenced.
Mexican national Arturo Zapata-Ortiz, 52, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana on July 29, 2011, and was later sentenced to 135 months in prison. Jose Rafael Chavira, 35, and Jose Leonso Pecina, 21, both Mexican nationals pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and were sentenced to 168 and 51 months.
Jose David Arturo Reyes-Lopez, 29, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty to being an undocumented immigrant in possession of ammunition and was sentenced to 30 months in prison, while Jose Guadalupe Reyes-Martinez, 49 and also a Mexican national, pleaded guilty to exporting ammunition and received a 46-month sentence.
Rene Alberto Loera, 38, Santos Isidro De La Paz, 22, and Jose Francisco Padilla, 30, still haven’t been sentenced..
The case against Zapata and the other defendants began in February 2011, when a crime stoppers tip led McAllen Police Department Investigators to two residences.
Investigators found 66 kilograms of cocaine and 3,267 kilograms of marijuana. Officers also found more than 1,800 rounds of .308 caliber ammunition, several hand grenades and a high-caliber, belt-fed machine gun.