Mexican nationals sentenced for cocaine trafficking in Virginia

United States Attorney Thomas Cullen has announced that a pair of Mexican nationals associated with one of the most dangerous drug cartels in Mexico has been sentenced for illegally distributing large amounts of cocaine in Virginia.

Blas Rodriguez-Avila, a.k.a. “Kiko” a.k.a. “Flaco,” 28, was sentenced to 156 months in prison, or 13 years, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

Hector Manuel Naal-Huchin, a.k.a. “Yuca,” 32, was sentenced to 130 months in prison, or nearly 11 years, after pleading pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

"These defendants were part of a drug cartel that is responsible for distributing thousands of grams of cocaine in the Shenandoah Valley" Cullen said. "We are committed to working with our federal, state, and local partners throughout the region to dismantle these drug-trafficking organizations and send their members to federal prison."

According to evidence, Rodriguez-Avila and Naal-Huchin were both affiliated with the powerful drug cartel, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG).

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