BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Two undocumented aliens from Mexico
have been ordered to federal prison for possession with intent to distribute
more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Oscar Erick Calvillo-Lores, 37, of Reynosa, Tamulipas, Mexico, and Jose Manuel
Portillo-Guerrero, 42, of Valadeces, Tamulipas, Mexico, pleaded guilty May 2,
and March 28, 2017, respectively.
Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who accepted the
guilty pleas, handed Calvillo-Lores a 10-year sentence, while Portillo-Guerrero
was ordered to serve a total of 192 months in federal prison. Not U.S.
citizens, both are expected to face deportation proceedings upon completion of
their sentences. Portillo-Guerrero’s sentence includes upward adjustments or
increases in his calculated sentencing guideline range because he was found to
be a leader within the drug trafficking organization and because he was found
to have obstructed justice during the prosecution of the case.
Calvillo-Lores and Portillo-Guerrero were two of seven
charged in a multi-state drug trafficking conspiracy.
On Aug. 10, 2011, agents approached a suspected narcotics
stash house in Mission and found Portillo-Guerrero, Calvillo-Lores and Jose
Alejandro Aldava at the residence. Agents arrested all three upon the discovery
of 2,120 kilograms (4,464 pounds) of marijuana within the garage of the
residence. They also found marijuana hidden within concreate pillars and some
hidden within a trailer inside the garage.
Four others – Ramiro Espinoza, 47, of Brownsville, Moises
Ramirez, 34, of Brownsville, Javier Alejandro Aldava, 31, an illegal alien from
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Herber Bienvenido Tejada, 36, of Lodi, New
Jersey - were previously sentenced to a terms of 81, 60, 52 and 48 months
imprisonment, respectively. Espinoza, Ramirez and Tejada had pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to cocaine trafficking, while Javier Aldava entered his plea to
Arnoldo Bermea, 39, of Mission pleaded guilty to conspiracy
to commit cocaine trafficking and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 8, 2018.
All seven conspirators charged were part of a multi-state
drug trafficking and money laundering organization that had existed since 2003.
The drug trafficking organization, based out of the Rio Grande Valley, would
hire truck drivers to haul loads of produce to northern states with ton
quantities of marijuana and multi-kilogram quantiles of cocaine hidden in false
compartments. Drug proceeds would then be transported back to the Rio Grande
Calvillo-Lores and Portillo-Guerrero will remain in custody
pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the
The Drug Enforcement Administration led the nearly
three-year Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation with the
assistance of IRS - Criminal Investigation; Immigration and Customs
Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives; FBI; Hidalgo County High Intensity Drug Trafficking
Area task force; Border Patrol and the Brownsville Police Department. Assistant
U.S. Attorney Angel Castro is prosecuting the case.