'Texas Mexican Mafia' members sentenced
Two San Antonio-based members and associates of the Texas Mexican Mafia have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles
in a drug distribution conspiracy, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Appearing before United States District Judge Xavier Rodriguez, former TMM General Robert Carreno, 45, also known as “Lil Bit", was sentenced to 300 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute approximately 48 kilograms of heroin.
Guadalupe Ramos, aka “Lupio,” 48, was sentenced to 210 months in prison.
From Dec. 1, 2009, to July 20, 2011, the defendants were responsible for distributing at least 48 kilograms of heroin, which the TMM sold for $750,000.00, officials said. Also, Carreno oversaw the transportation of the heroin from Laredo to San Antonio, for further distribution by TMM members, according to prosecutors.
Other sentences handed down to co-defendants are as follows:
- Gabriel Quiroz, aka “Biker,” 46, sentenced to 168 months
- Julio Villanueva, aka “Shorty Hawk,” 56, sentenced to 262 months
- Teresa Alonzo, aka “Tia,” 63, sentenced to 58 months
- Manuel Gonzales, aka “Speedy,” 36, sentenced to 188 months
- Joseph Sanchez, aka “Cowboy,” 41, sentenced to 121 months
- Santos Trevino, aka “Dedos,” and “Beatles,” 20, was sentenced to 120 months
Co-defendant Alexander Garza, aka “Animal", 35, is pending sentencing in May.
39-year-old Tony Berlanga (aka “Tony”) is pending trial in May.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, the Texas Department of Public Safety--Criminal Investigations Division, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, New Braunfels Police Department and the 81st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
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