STATESVILLE, NC — U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell handed down sentences to 17 defendants Thursday convicted of participating in a poly-drug distribution ring spanning several states throughout the country.
The cases reportedly ranged from 2014 through August 2018, and involved the trafficking of multi-kilogram amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. Officials say two of the primary defendants were centered in and around Catawba County, but the conspiracy extended well beyond North Carolina borders.
Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, California, Illinois and Mexico were among some of the other locations involved in the conspiracy to distribute multi-kilogram levels of narcotics.
The two primary defendants in the case include Ricardo Cervantes-Sanchez, 40, a Mexican National living in Hickory, and Raymundo Villarreal, 22, of Newton.
Cervantes-Sanchez was sentenced to 188 months in prison and five years supervised release. Villarreal was sentenced to eight years in prison and five years of supervised release.
15 additional suspects were also involved in the conspiracy, and have been sentenced as follows:
- Tommy Boyett was sentenced to 198 months in prison.
- Martin Santillan was sentenced to 156 months in prison.
- Joey Carroll was sentenced to 150 months in prison.
- Robert Long was sentenced to 144 months in prison.
- Ricky Moses was sentenced to 132 months in prison.
- Juan Villarreal was sentenced to 125 months in prison.
- David McIntosh was sentenced to 120 months in prison.
- Jamie Sigmon was sentenced to 114 months in prison.
- Rogelio Santillan was sentenced to 101 months in prison.
- Jesus Bedolla was sentenced to 81 months in prison.
- Ivan Garcia-Arcos was sentenced to 70 months in prison.
- Samuel Ibarra was sentenced to 60 months in prison.
- Jose Villagomez was sentenced to 57 months in prison.
- Manuel Martinez was sentenced to 46 months in prison.
- Clayton Rivera-Trejo was sentenced to 30 months in prison.