U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) officials released today that Norberto Rivera Aguilar, 26, of Mexico; drug ring leader in North Carolina; was sentenced Monday to serve 10 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release. Aguilar pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to process with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.
According to court documents and court procedures, from in or about 2010 to in or about August 2011, he and five others were involved in drug trafficking conspiracy in Iredell County and elsewhere in North Carolina. Court documents show that the drugs are smuggled into the U. S. from a Mexican supply source.
The five other defendants in this case have already been sentenced:
- Caritino Mujica-Vargas, 38, of Mexico, was sentenced in February 2013 to 10 years in prison and four years of supervised release. Mujica-Vargas had also pleaded guilty to a firearm violation.
- Francisco Javier Teodoro-Campuzano, 22, of Mexico, was sentenced in February 2013 to 43 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
- Marco Antonio Sosa-Caderilla, 26, of Mexico, was sentenced in December 2012 to 24 months in prison and one year of supervised release.
- Carolina Olivia Hernandez, 20, of Mexico, was sentenced in February 2013 to a time-served sentence of approximately 18 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
- Oscar Leal Martinez, 47, of Yadkinville, N.C. was charged in a separate indictment and pleaded guilty in February 2012 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. He was sentenced in February 2013 to 60 months in prison and four years of supervised release.
According to filed court documents, Aguilar led the organization in the Statesville area, and Mujica-Vargas was the primary source of supply out of Winston-Salem. During the investigation law enforcement made dozens of purchases of narcotics from the organization. On the day of the arrest in August 2011, officers searched Mujica-Vargas’ residence and seized a process for forming kilogram blocks of cocaine, a digital scale, $5000 in U. S. currency, two handguns and a rifle, including one handgun in a flower pot in the living room near the entry to his home.
All defendants are currently in federal custody. They will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of federal facilities. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
The investigation was carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office.