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AUGUST 1, 2012 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 3 Six sentenced to federal prison for drug conspiracy TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA- Six pan-   :::ii Five defenciantsere' sentenee;on Mayl 0, 2012. JOSE MISAEL GARFIAS-GARCIA MELCHOR MUNOZ MIGUELANGEL MORENO-ORTEGA ' NO  PHOTO ON FILE ROBERT DANTE JONES JAMIE JONES TONY O'NEAL ama City, was sentenced to 48 months in prison. He was primarily a cocaine distributor. Noe Vasquez, 42, of Montgomery, AL and Michoacan, Mexico was sentenced to the 14 months that he had served since his May 2011 ar- rest. Vasquez, an illegal alien, will be transferred to the custody of the Immigration and Naturaliza- tion Service. Agents seized 177 pounds of mari- juana from Vasquez when he was arrested. He stored and distributed marijuana for the organiza- tion. Miguel Angel Moreno-Ortega, 25, of Altha and Michoacan, Mexico, was sentenced on July 12, 2012 to 78 months in prison. Moreno-Ortega is subject to possible deportation. Moreno-Or- tega lived with Garfias-Garcia, his uncle. These two defendants were convicted at a joint trial. He assisted in marijuana and cocaine distribution. handle men were sentenced to federal pris- on terms in Tallahassee Friday by United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, be- cause of their convictions for a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Six co-defendants were sentenced at earlier dates. Jose Misael Garfias-Garcia, 34, of Altha and Michoacan, Mexico was sentenced to 360 months in prison. As an illegal alien, he may be deported to Mexico. Evidence at his trial in April showed that he was the leader and organizer of a group responsible for more than 40 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,600 kilograms of marijuana. While most of these drugs were seized at the Laredo, TX border crossing in Decem- ber 2010, some of the drugs were distrib- uted in north Florida and south Alabama. The Court also found tliat Garfias pos- sessed a firearm in furtherance of the conspiracy and that he threatened a cooperating witness. Melchor Munoz, 37, of Marianna, was sen- tenced to 188 months in prison. Munoz, the own- er of a restaurant in Marianna, was also found to be a leader of the drug organization. Tony O'Neal, 51, of Chipley, was sentenced to 84 months in prison. He distributed marijuana and cocaine. Jamie Jones, 29, of Montgomery, AL, was sentenced to 60 months in prison. This sentence will run concurrently with a 78-month sentence imposed in the Middle District of Alabama for related conduct. Jones was convicted at trial in the Alabama case, but pled guilty here. He was a marijuana distributor. Robert Dante Jones, 34, of Marianna and Pan- LISSE'I-I'E A. PENA JOSE LUIS XAVIER PENA-CINTRON TORBIN NEAL DYKES LUIS BARRANTES ACOSTA-PATINO Roman Wood is your ONLY Democratic Candidate for Sheriff who: . Has been cleared by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to avoid violating the Hatch Act to run for Sheriff. Has not retired from the Florida Retirement System. Has not received compensation from the FRS Drop Program. . Would not be double dipping at the tax payers' expense. Is actively serving the citizens of Calhoun County as a Law Enforcement Officer with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office. On August 14th Vote Roman Wood, ro faOnro oSd ,hr e r! fff.fc o m Jose Luis Acosta-Patino, 57, of Grand Ridge, Florida and Michoacan, Mexico, was sentenced to 57 months in prison. He is subject to possible deportation. He transported drugs from suppliers in Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia to locations in North Florida and South Alabama. Xavier Pena-Cintron, 28, of Altha, Florida, was sentenced to 48 months in prison. He dis- tributed rrfarijuana and cocaine to other area drug dealers. oTorbin Neal Dykes, 29, of Blountstown, Florida, was sentenced to 27 months in prison. He was a lower level cocaine and marijuana distributor. Luis Barrantes, 56, of Costa Rica, was sen- tenced to 24 months in prison. He is subject to possible deportation. He stored marijuana and cocaine at a secluded mobile home in southwest Calhoun County. oLissette A. Pena, 31, of Altha, Florida, was sentenced to five years on probation with three months of home confinement. She assisted her husband, Xavier Pena-Cintron, in the distribution of marijuana and cocaine. This investigation identified three additional persons who had illegally re-entered the United States after deportation. Eliazar Moreno-Ortega, 33, Jose Remedios Gutierrez-Esquivel, 36, and Carlos Torres-De La Fuente, 28, each pled guilty to illegal re-entry charges. In July 2011, these men were sentenced to time served and turned over to the Immigration and Naturalization Ser- vice for deportation. These prosecutions resulted from a year-long investigation by a number of agencies. Drug seizures totaled 39.5 kilograms of cocaineand 1,380 kilograms of arijuana. Agents also seized three vehicles, several large screen tele, visions, three filearms, sets of false identity documents, and more than $80.000 in currency and bank accounts. Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, credited the success of this investigation to the joint ef- forts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Florida National Guard, the Sheriff's Offices for Calhoun, Jackson, Liberty, and Leon Counties, and the Tallahassee Police Departmentl Ms. Marsh stated, "The cooperative efforts of these agents and agencies made this community a safer place." The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael T. Simpson, who is the Senior Litigation Counsel for the Northern Dis- trict of Florida. iBrock's C E FT FIE DTEECt NcIAaN I! MOBILE SERVICE