7 defendants sentenced to prison for their roles in meth distribution ring

Seven defendants who were convicted earlier this year on various charges stemming from their respective roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in San Angelo were sentenced last week by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings. The sentencing announcement was made by U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

 

Jesse Huerra, 31, of San Angelo, was sentenced to life in federal prison. He was convicted at trial in September 2016 on one count each of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

Nancy Ann Flores, 41, of San Angelo, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful use of a communications facility.

Antonio N. Flores, 52, of San Angelo, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to two counts of unlawful use of a communications facility.

Bruno Rudolfo Velasquez, 32, of San Angelo, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and aiding and abetting.

Joe Lopez III, 33, of San Angelo, was sentenced to 125 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.

Jose G. Montez, 37, of San Angelo, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.

Shayna Kaye McCann, 25, of Great Falls, Montana, was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. She pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony.

Most of the defendants have been in custody since their arrests on July 13, 2016, when numerous defendants were arrested in a joint Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation led by the DEA, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the San Angelo Police Department. Twelve defendants in total are charged in the case.

The drug trafficking organization’s leader, Rudolfo Ledesma Castaneda Jr., 31, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting. He faces a statutory penalty of not less than five or more than 40 years in federal prison and a $5 million fine. A sentencing date has not been set.

Another defendant, Richard Jasso, 39, of San Angelo, was convicted at trial last month on one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting. The government filed a notice of enhancement because Jasso has two previous felony drug offenses. If the court finds those convictions are final and valid, then, by statute, the court must impose a life sentence without parole. A sentencing date has not been set.

 

One defendant, Silvia Prado, 36, of Austin, is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 17, 2017. She is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Defendant Daniel Roy Lombrana, 29, of San Angelo, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, with an enhancement for a prior conviction. He faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine; sentencing is set for Jan. 20, 2017.

Defendant Adam Gabriel Castaneda, 30, of San Angelo, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was sentenced earlier this month to 10 years in federal prison.

The DEA, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DPS and the SAPD investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Haag is in charge of the prosecution.