Two Kennesaw residents have been sentenced on federal charges after DEA agents infiltrated a drug ring that was attempting to send nearly 14 kilograms — more than 30 pounds — of 100% pure methamphetamine to Georgia, according to the Department of Justice.
Yadira Gomez-Gonzalez, 34, and her husband, Fernando Herrera-Rojas, 35, were both convicted last year, but were sentenced just recently, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia announced Thursday.
DEA agents identified the couple as drug smugglers looking for truck drivers to haul drugs between Los Angeles and Atlanta, and an undercover agent acting as a long-haul trucker volunteered for the job, the DoJ reports. The agent coordinated by phone with the couple, negotiating the terms of transportation and payment, according to the DoJ.
The agent collected nearly the 100% pure methamphetamine in Commerce, California, from a third co-conspirator: Reynaldo Gonzalez-Arreola, 32, of Los Angeles, according to the release.
All three were arrested after the undercover agent delivered the drugs to Gomez-Gonzalez and Herrera-Rojas in the Atlanta area, according to the release. Agents also seized $23,890 and a firearm from Gonzalez-Arreola’s home in Los Angeles, the DoJ reports.
Gomez-Gonzalez’s arrest thwarted a separate shipment of drugs she was trying to transport from McAllen, Texas, to the Atlanta area, according to the release.
Gomez-Gonzalez was sentenced to 14 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised released, while Herrara-Rojas was sentenced on March 29 to eight years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to the DoJ’s news release.
Gonzalez-Arreola was sentenced March 19 to 14 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release after pleading guilty on January 3.
Gomez-Gonzalez was convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, while Herrara-Rojas and Gonzalez-Arreola pleaded guilty to the same charge, according to the DoJ.
All three will be deported to Mexico following their sentences, the release states.