HOUSTON, Texas — On Wednesday a Mexican national was sentenced in a New Mexico federal court for cocaine trafficking. 41-year-old Alejandro Lopez will spend 60 months in prison for his crimes and be deported immediately after serving his time.
Lopez, a legal permanent resident, was initially arrested with his brother Eddy Lopez, according to the FBI. The duo was apprehended for trafficking cocaine.
Lopez plead guilty for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in March 2013; on September 18 2013, he was found guilty.
According to court documents obtained by Breitbart Texas, an undercover informant working for the agency in the Las Cruces area had several phone calls with Eddie Lopez. During those conversations, Lopez offered to sell the informant $22,000 worth of cocaine on behalf of another buyer. The drugs weighed one kilogram.
Shortly after those conversations, law enforcement caught the Lopez brothers delivering 794 grams of cocaine the informant on video.
After both brothers were placed under arrest, authorities additionally discovered 6.5 pounds of marijuana in Eddy’s vehicle. Although the brothers were arrested on local charges, those charges were dismissed to make way for federal prosecution.
Eddy Lopez has not yet been sentenced. The FBI reported that he faces up to 40 years behind bars for his crimes.
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