A federal judge sent the final member of a Willcox marijuana smuggling ring to prison last week.
U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow sentenced Alma Escalante, 41, to 46 months in prison on Sept. 28. All 13 pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges related to an operation that coordinated scouts and backpackers to smuggle marijuana into the United States from Mexico, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release Monday.
The ring then took the marijuana to distributors in Phoenix, where it was sent to the East Coast and the Midwest. More than 4,000 pounds of marijuana wasa seized during the investigation, as well as bank accounts, firearms, and two pieces of real estate.
The members of the trafficking organization who previously were sentenced are: Luis Cruz, 41, 121 months; Carlos Antonio Garcia Hurtado, 33, 168 months; Felipe Escalante Reyes, 24, 42 months; Carime Itsel Reyes Escalante, 20, 40 months; Robert Torres Luong, 27, 97 months; Carlos Ramirez Jr., 43, 57 months; Sergio Adan Garcia-Morales, 34, 46 months; Jeremiah Woolsey, 26, 30 months; Frank Ramon Hernandez, 64, 24 months; Sergio Robert Ramos-Moreno, 20, 18 months; Maxine Carter, 27, 13 months and a day; Trevon Bondae, 20, 8 months, adjusted to account for additional time in Arizona Department of Corrections custody.