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Major Mexican Drug Dealer Gets 25 Years

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 17, 2010
  • District of South Carolina (803) 929-3000

COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Israel Juarez-Delgado, age 28, of Norcross, Georgia, was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code; and illegal re-entry after deportation in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1326.

United States District Judge Joseph Anderson of Columbia sentenced Juarez- Delgado to 25 years' (300 months') imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. Juarez-Delgado will be deported after serving his active sentence.

Juarez-Delgado was one of over 116 defendants charged in 2009 following a series of court-authorized, FBI-monitored wiretaps over multiple telephones in the Columbia area. The evidence in the case indicated that Juarez-Delgado, a Mexican citizen who illegally re-entered the United States following an earlier deportation, assisted by his fugitive brother Ismael, was a major supplier of cocaine to a number of local drug organizations. After hearing from several witnesses during a contested sentencing hearing, Judge Anderson found that Juarez-Delgado supplied over 350 kilograms of cocaine to local drug organizations during a two-year period.

The case was investigated by agents and officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and the Columbia Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Mark C. Moore and Stacey Haynes of the Columbia office prosecuted this and related cases.

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