Mission Man Gets Nearly 20 Years for Leading Marijuana Conspiracy
MCALLEN, TX—Rogelio Guerrero, 46, a U.S. citizen residing in Mission, has been ordered to prison following his convictions of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute large amounts of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A federal jury convicted Guerrero on July 11, 2014, following a three-day trial and less than four hours of deliberation.
Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who presided over the trial, handed Guerrero a total sentence of 235 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.
During the trial, the government presented testimony that Guerrero and his associates utilized tractor-trailers to transport large quantities of marijuana from Mission to Houston. The jury heard that Guerrero’s drivers transported between 3,000-5,000 pounds of marijuana to Houston every few weeks. The government also presented evidence that Guerrero owned nearly 10,000 pounds of marijuana that was seized in 2011.
Guerrero was ultimately convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.
He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Guerrero’s conviction is a culmination of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation dubbed “White Line.” To date, there have been approximately 30 other convictions in relation to the investigation. The six-year investigation, targeting Guerrero and other significant drug traffickers based in Mission, was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, Mission Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the FBI.