Mexican Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 14 years in Federal Prison
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Gregory M. Millard, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's El Paso Division, and Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced today that Cruz Lopez-Acevedo was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Lopez-Acevedo, 52, of Zacatecas, Mexico, pleaded guilty on March 15, 2022, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana.
According to the plea agreement and other court records, between March 2005 and September 2008, Lopez-Acevedo was the main supplier of marijuana in Indianapolis, Indiana and was personally responsible for at least 30,000 kilograms, but less than 90,000 kilograms of marijuana which was distributed in Indianapolis and Texas.
Lopez-Acevedo was extradited from Mexico in 2019 with the assistance of the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.
Upon his release from prison, Lopez-Acevedo will be removed from the United States.
The Drug Enforcement Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Elaine Y. Ramirez is prosecuting the case.
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