News Release
October 01, 2008
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Mexican Meth Dealer Gets 21 Years for Upstate Conspiracy

OCT 01 -- Columbia, SC - United States Attorney W. WALTER WILKINS stated today that Benjamin Islas Hernandez, age 35, of Mexico, was sentenced in federal court in Greenville for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.    United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong sentenced Hernandez to 262 months incarceration, followed by five years of supervised release.  Hernandez, an illegal alien, will be deported to Mexico after serving his sentence.

Hernandez led an organization made up of mostly illegal aliens that was distributing Mexican-manufactured methamphetamine in the Upstate and Western North Carolina.

Also sentenced for their part in the conspiracy were Jorge Mendoza-Rivera, age 32, of Mexico, to 87 months incarceration; Jorge Ortiz-Parra, age 45, of Colombia, to 40 months; Jorge Monge, age 26, of Mexico, to 121 months; Albert Marc Stone, age 41, of Belton, South Carolina, to 60 Months; Christopher Carl Hawk, age 57,  of Elberton Georgia, to 30 months; Miguel Cepeda-Hernandez, age 36, of Mexico, to 46 months; and Julio Moreno-Sifuentes, age 39, of Mexico, to 37 months.

The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Greenville Police Department and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Regan A. Pendleton of the Greenville office handled the case.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at and