Six men have received lengthy federal prison sentences for their roles in a North Texas cocaine distribution operation, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
The men — in their early 30s to late 40s — from Fort Worth, Crowley and Weatherford were convicted of federal felonies. The sentences ranged from four to 30 years.
Beginning in May 2013, Francisco Favela, 46, of Crowley, received several kilograms of cocaine from suppliers in Mexico every few weeks on consignment, according to court documents. Favela, who usually paid $26,000 for each kilo of cocaine, would personally distribute it to four other men recently sentenced, U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña said in a news release
One kilogram equals 2.20 pounds.
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Favela was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Monday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.
Two associates pleaded guilty to the same offense.
Ricky Johnson, 35, of Fort Worth, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison, and Jorge Villarreal-Flores, 30, of Weatherford, was sentenced to seven years and three months.
Johnson and Favela conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, according to court documents.
Five hundred grams is one pound and 1.63 ounces.
On several occasions, Villarreal-Flores worked as a money courier for Favela’s Mexico-based supplier, transporting drug money from Fort Worth to Mexico, according to court documents. On Feb. 15, Favela gave him about $150,000 to take to Mexico, but Villarreal-Flores was arrested in Hillsboro while on his way.
Villarreal-Flores also conspired with Favela and others to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, according to court documents.
Another associate, Terrance Montgomery, 30, of Fort Worth, was convicted in a July trial on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one substantive count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 30 years.
Montgomery received 2- to 3-ounce quantities of cocaine from Favela, according to court documents. He, too, conspired with Favela and others to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, according to the court documents.
Two others, Eugenio Quintero, 42, of Fort Worth, and Miguel Angel Ayala, 39, of Weatherford each pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Quintero was sentenced to nine years and Ayala was sentenced to four years and three months.
On April 23, Drug Enforcement Administration agents discovered one ounce of cocaine and a digital scale and small distribution bags at Quintero’s home, according to court documents. Quintero had also planned on personally using some of that cocaine, the documents stated.
On Feb. 7, Ayala received about two ounces of cocaine from Favela that he intended to distribute, according to court documents.
Favela personally distributed cocaine to others, including Quintero, Ayala, Johnson and Montgomery, according to the news release.
The investigation was conducted by a DEA task force and an Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation division.