LAREDO, Texas – The head of a large scale
marijuana trafficking and money laundering conspiracy and 10 others have been
sent to federal prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.
Erasmo Trejo-Nava, 45, a Mexican National who
resided in Laredo, was the head of a drug trafficking organization that
received marijuana loads from Mexico and arranged to transport the marijuana to
the Dallas area for himself and others. The organization used various stash
houses and business fronts in the Laredo area to receive and prepare the
marijuana for transportation via personal vehicles to a local warehouse where
it was unloaded and reloaded onto tractor trailers for transportation to the
Dallas area. Following delivery of marijuana loads in the Dallas area, the
Trejo Nava Organization collected drug proceeds and arranged to have the drug
proceeds transported by couriers via personal vehicle or tractor trailers to
Laredo and on to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Over the course of the conspiracy which
spanned from June 10, 2011 through June 4, 2013, Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) agents made multiple seizures of marijuana that totaled in
excess of 10,000 kilograms.
U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo
sentenced Trejo-Nava himself to a total term of 187 months in prison. The court
also issued a money judgement against him in the amount of $5 million. His wife
- Raquel Margarita Ramos Jimenez, 46, facilitated money laundering and was
sentenced to time served which amounted to 31 months. Additionally the court
issued a final order of forfeiture as to both of them for three residential
properties and a commercial property as well as separate drug proceeds seizures
in amounts totaling $173,240.
His brother and Mexican national Victor Hugo
Trejo-Nava, 43, coordinated the shipment of marijuana loads as did Jose Angel
Trejo, 45, of Laredo. They received 130 and 121 months in prison, respectively.
Mexican national Jaime Enrique Montalvo Ruiz,
47, and Laredoan Ovidio Rodriguez, 44, used Erasmo Trejo-Nava’s service to have
their marijuana loads transported from Laredo to the Dallas area received
respective sentences of 144 and 120 months in prison.
Arturo Lozano, 48, of Kaufman, and Leocadio
Ruiz, 49, a Mexican national who resided in Cedar Hill, worked for Montalvo
Ruiz in the Dallas area. Lozano received and distributed marijuana was ordered
to serve a term of 144 months in prison, while Ruiz received drug shipments and
collected drug proceeds and received a sentence of 70 months.
Laredoan Francisco Colin, 44, provided tractor
trailers and drivers to Erasmo Trejo-Nava; Mario Alberto Rodriguez, 30, of
Laredo, was Erasmo Trejo-Nava’s worker and wrapped and loaded marijuana; and
Mexican national Gerardo Moreno Recio, 50, was a stash house operator. Colin
received a 50-month prison term, while Rodriguez and Recio were ordered to
serve total sentences of 120 and 151 months of imprisonment.
Ovido Rodriguez, Mario Rodriguez, Trejo, Colin
and Lozano received varying terms of supervised release to serve following
completion of their prison terms. Not U.S. citizens, the others are expected to
face deportation proceedings following their release.
Today’s sentencings brings to a total 26
defendants convicted and sentenced in the investigation which included four
The remaining defendants received sentences
ranging from 12 to 120 months in prison for their varying roles in the
The charges were the result of a long term
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Investigation dubbed Operation
Trena Sin Trono spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS -
Criminal Investigation, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and
with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, Laredo Police
Department, Zavala County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Lou
Castillo is prosecuting the case.