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Trio Pleads Guilty to Drugs Importing

Jul 25, 2023
Trio Pleads Guilty to Drugs Importing
David Brown

Today, on July 3rd, in the District of Columbia, two members of a DTO with a base in Mexico –  Angel Adan Valenzuela and Benjamin Soto Jr. – admitted to bringing and selling drugs there.

On June 16th, a third DTO member, Refugio Veronica Quintero Moreno, admitted guilt to the identical accusations.

Drug Trafficking Conspiracy: Guilty Pleas and Seized Parcels Unveil a Major Operation

Court records demonstrate that from January 2020 to April 2022, a cocaine trafficking conspiracy was run by the three drug trafficking group members mentioned above, along with several others. Through the port of entry in Nogales, they often sold drugs all throughout the country after being imported from Mexico.

Soto and Quintero Moreno, who worked for a shipping firm in Nogales, assisted the delivery of parcels containing drugs without checking identity or payment. For their assistance in transporting illegal narcotics, Valenzuela compensated the staff, and Soto and Quintero Moreno got weekly payments in Mexico.

Police seized substantial quantities of meth, cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin as a consequence of 21 parcels they intercepted between September and November 2021.

For scheming to buy and sell a sizable amount of illicit narcotics, Valenzuela, Quintero Moreno, and Soto entered guilty pleas to a two-count indictment. The obligatory minimum sentence for each offense is 10 years in jail, and the sentencing is set for November.

Trial attorneys are managing the case’s prosecution on behalf of the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section.

The OCDETF concurs with this argument.