Chesterfield cartel: man sentenced to a decade in prison for cocaine surgery

NORFOLK, Virginia (WAVY) – A man from Washington State has been sentenced to more than ten years in prison for drug trafficking through international lines.

Court documents show that 44-year-old Juan Gabriel Rodriguez-Presiada assisted in the drug trade between the Mexican cartel and the regional drug trafficking organization.

The organization, run by 37-year-old Adian Bart, was founded in Chesterfield.

During July and August 2019, Rodriguez Presiada stayed in Richmond, owned by Bart. It was at this time that he helped trade in cocaine. Every other week he distributed about 10 kilograms of cocaine.

Rodriguez-Presiada raised about $ 30,000 per kilogram, which was sent back to Mexico.

On Thursday, he was sentenced to 145 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute, possession for distribution of cocaine and distribution of cocaine.

Bart was previously sentenced to nearly two decades in prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute, store for distribution and distribution of cocaine.

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