Life sentence handed down to Dallas-area 'drug kingpin'

A Dallas man recently pled guilty to federal drug charges, as Bruce Gietzen on KXXV-TV News Channel 25 reports. The Dallas man, Jose Marquez, got a life sentence.

The story, as charged, begins in 2005, and ends in 2010, when Marquez, his son, and compatriots are convicted of distributing more than five kilos of cocaine and 500 grams of methamphetamine over that period of time.

In fact, it is likely much more, as an informant indicated that he delivered roughly five kilos of cocaine and six pounds of methamphetamine every time he made a delivery. The informant made from one to three deliveries every week, as Gietzen reports.

Marquez is said to be the "mastermind," according to federal agents, directing a drug operation that included receiving the cocaine and methamphetamine, selling the drugs to distributors, and laundering the proceeds. The whole operation was run in a used car lot in Dallas.

It is unclear what will happen to Marquez's son, who has pled guilty, but he will be sentenced in June.

Source: KXXV-TV News Channel 25, "Central Texas drug kingpin gets life sentence," Bruce Gietzen, May 18, 2011

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