Manager Of Mexico-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To More Than 20 Years In Prison

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Gabriel Cerda-Guillen, a manager of a Mexico-based drug trafficking organization, received a sentencing of 21 years and 10 months in prison.

Additionally, he was ordered to forfeit $1,339,500 for his pivotal role in an international drug trafficking conspiracy.

According to the Department of Justice, court documents reveal that Cerda-Guillen, aged 49 and hailing from Mexico, operated as a manager for the said drug trafficking organization from around May 2013 to at least December 2016.

During this period, he facilitated the supply of methamphetamine and marijuana to an Omaha, Nebraska-based distribution network.

Specifically, he was involved in importing substantial quantities of marijuana and methamphetamine from Mexico into the United States, distributing these controlled substances across various cities, including Omaha and its neighboring areas.

Throughout the conspiracy, Cerda-Guillen oversaw the transportation of approximately 22 to 44 kilograms of methamphetamine and nearly one ton of marijuana.

His modus operandi included importing drugs to Nebraska with the anticipation that local distribution networks would further disseminate the substances and return the proceeds to him.

Cerda-Guillen also engaged in providing drugs on credit, monitored sales progress, and received drug proceeds via bulk cash transports or established money laundering networks.

Having pleaded guilty in December 2023 to a two-count indictment, which included charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as conspiracy to conduct financial transactions involving proceeds of unlawful activities, Cerda-Guillen faced the legal consequences of his actions.