News Release
Date: November 25, 2008
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Illegal Alien Sentenced to Six Years 8 Months for Role in Multi
State Weed Conspiracy
-DEA / ICE Joint investigation led to seizure of 89 kilograms of marijuana and $179,000

NOV 25 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Roberto Nolasco-Flores, of Vacaville, California, was sentenced on November 17, 2008, to 6 years and 8 months imprisonment in United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky, for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and unlawful re-entry into the United States after deportation. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, also sentenced Nolasco-Flores to 3 years supervised release following incarceration. There is no parole in the federal judicial system. Nolasco-Flores was previously deported due to a conviction of drug trafficking in Nebraska in 1995.

Nolasco-Flores admitted that on September 13, 2007, he and co-defendant Hector Ontiveros-Valenzuela traveled from Ontiveros-Valenzuela’s residence in Michigan, to Louisville, Kentucky, to purchase marijuana. Unbeknownst to the defendants, agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had them under surveillance and observed them drive to the Executive Inn parking lot in Louisville, where they removed two large cardboard boxes from another vehicle before going back to Michigan. DEA agents obtained a search warrant for Ontiveros-Valenzuela’s residence and seized 89 kilograms of marijuana.

Agents of the Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) investigated Nolasco-Flores and learned that he is an illegal alien who had been deported from the United States in 1995 after a conviction in Nebraska for trafficking in marijuana. He will again be deported after serving his prison sentence for the current charges.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress, and it was investigated by the DEA and the Bureau of Customs Enforcement and Immigration.

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