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May 30, 2013 12:58 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Lafayette man sentenced for role to deliver cocaine & heroin to Baton Rouge

A Mexican man, who was involved in an Abbeville drug operation, is sentenced to two years in prison and three years supervised release.

Jose Manuel Mojica-Echeverria, 27, rode with to Baton Rouge with other accused drug dealers to deliver 2 kilograms, or 4.4 pounds, of cocaine and 360 grams of heroin to Baton Rouge. According to U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley, Mojica-Echeverria and Ramon Guadalupe Aldama-Rodriguez, who were living in Lafayette, conspired with Abbeville residents, Jesus Silverio Cervantes and Joel Sotomayor Cervantes, on June 13, 2010, to drive the drugs to Baton Rouge.

Aldama-Rodriguez drove the truck, and Mojica-Echeverria rode with him, while Jesus Silverio Cervantes and Joel Sotomayor Cervantes followed in another vehicle. They were busted during a traffic stop. "The successful prosecution of this case is a result local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies working together with our prosecutors to bring drug traffickers to justice," Finley said. "These defendants' attempt to smuggle kilos of cocaine and heroin into the Acadiana region was foiled because of the hard work and dedication of the agencies involved and their commitment to keeping our community safe." Mojica-Echeverria was arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation.

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