They were accused of running a drug trafficking ring, possessing weapons and circulating counterfeit money.
“Now, these defendants have traded their contraband for a combined 141 years (and) four months in federal prison,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in a prepared statement Wednesday.
Smyrna residents sentenced:
The following Smyrna residents and their sentences include: Nemias Cintora-Gonzalez, 30, received 29 years and four months in prison followed by five years of supervised release; Jorge Armando-Reyes, 31, received 17 years and six months in prison, five years of supervised release; Edgar Cintora-Gonzalez, 26, received 11 years and eight months in prison, three years of supervised release; Israel Edgardo Revera-Pacheco, 29, received 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release; and Victor Hugo Morales-Avila, 35, will serve nine years, four months in prison, three years of supervised release.
Marietta residents sentenced:
The following Marietta residents and their sentences include: Alvaro Carraza Echeverria, 50, was sentenced to 21 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release; Jose Vazquez Estrada, 35, received 15 years, seven months in prison, five years of supervised release; Pedro Gutierrez Valdiviez, 48, received 18 years, nine months in prison, five years of supervised release; Maria Yobal Perez, 51, was sentenced to eight years, one month in prison, five years of supervised release; and Brenda Perez, 31, got one year probation.
Eight defendants pleaded guilty and Nemias Cintora-Gonzalez and Armando-Reyes were convicted after a jury trial.
Probe began in 2012
According to Yates, the charges stem from an investigation into a drug trafficking organization that was operating in metro Atlanta. Agents learned about it Feb. 2, 2012.
It all began when Nemias Cintora-Gonzalez reportedly devised a plan to assault a fellow drug dealer because of an outstanding $2,700 debt. He was overheard speaking to another associate about his plans to have four others with him the next morning to hurt someone else in order to get the money back.
A few hours later, while conducting surveillance of Cintora-Gonzalez’s apartment in Smyrna, agents saw Cintora-Gonzalez move two large bags from the trunk of a white Honda Accord, registered to an alias of Nemias Cintora-Gonzalez, into the trunk of a white Suzuki Verona, registered to the wife of Revera-Pacheco.
Agents served a search warrant that same day at 10:45 p.m. and that’s when they arrested Armando-Reyes, Nemias Cintora-Gonzalez, Edgar Cintora-Gonzalez, Morales-Avila, Revera-Pacheco and Brenda Perez.
During the search, they reportedly found 13 handguns, four assault rifles, magazines and ammunition for the weapons, meth, cocaine, two electronic stun guns, two crowbars, one bolt cutter, police gear, a black ski mask, turtle-neck shirt and gloves, more than $11,000 in counterfeit money, drug packaging materials, zip ties and two bulletproof vests.
When agents searched the suspects’ cellphones, they said they found photographs of Armando-Reyes and Morales-Avila posing with assault weapons and police gear.
Approximately 20 days later they arrested Estrada at his home in Marietta, where they reported finding 909 grams of meth on dinner plates in the kitchen.
Agents arrested Valdiviez on April 18, 2012. He was reportedly Estrada’s drug partner and was caught after he attempted to sell 6 ounces of meth to an undercover agent in a Marietta Wal-Mart parking lot.
Maria Yobal Perez was arrested May 16, 2012, at her Marietta home, after she allegedly was overheard conducting meth transactions on behalf of her husband, Echeverria. The release did not say who overheard her or where this alleged transaction took place.
These cases were investigated by special agents and task force officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service.