Nuestra Familia Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Traffic Cocaine
28-Year Prison Sentence Part of the Agreement
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 10, 2010|
SACRAMENTO, CA—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Bismark Martin Ocampo, 40, of San Francisco, pled guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine. The plea agreement calls for a sentence of 28 years in federal prison. Sentencing is set for January 24, 2010.
This case is the product of an extensive investigation of the Nuestra Familia gang by the FBI’s Stockton Violent Crime Task Force, the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force, the Stockton Police Department, the Salinas Police Department, the Watsonville Police Department, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. According to court documents, the Nuestra Familia (NF) is a violent Hispanic prison gang based within the California prison system whose members exert control over street-level Norteño gang members engaged in drug trafficking and violent crime. This investigation revealed that NF members and associates were responsible for distributing large amounts of illegal, controlled substances, including methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and Ecstasy throughout the Eastern and Northern Districts of California with supply lines from Mexico and distribution channels throughout the United States.
In his guilty plea, Ocampo admitted that beginning in the summer of 2006 and continuing up to June of 2007, he began operating outside of prison as a member of and under the authority of the NF. He engaged in drug trafficking in the San Francisco Bay Area along in furtherance of the NF gang. Ocampo discussed and obtained cocaine from Mario Diaz and others for the specific purpose of selling drugs for monetary profit or gain.
May 4, 2007 - Drug-Related Intercepts Between Ocampo and Diaz
According to court documents, on May 4, 2007, FBI agents intercepted a phone call between Mario Diaz and Ocampo. During the intercepted call, Ocampo used coded language to order approximately one and a half kilograms of cocaine from Diaz.
May 4, 2007 - Diaz and Associates Obtain 20 Kilograms of Cocaine
According to court documents, the FBI investigation revealed that Mario DIAZ and others obtained 20 kilograms of cocaine in the Los Angeles area and transported it to Northern California for further distribution. The 20 kilograms of cocaine were ultimately distributed throughout the Eastern and Northern Districts of California.
Ocampo Obtains and Distributes a Half- Kilogram of Cocaine
As part of this plea agreement, Ocampo admitted that he obtained and distributed approximately a half-kilogram of cocaine from Diaz, which was part of the 20-kilogram load on May 4, 2007. Ocampo admitted that he returned the proceeds from the cocaine sales to an associate for DIAZ in order to repay his drug debt.
This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply. Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Hitt and William S. Wong are prosecuting the case.