Edinburg (KFXV) — Today three Valley natives learned their fate after facing charges of intent to distribute cocaine, money laundering and possession of a firearm.
Authorities say all three belonged to a criminal organization.
U.S. District Judge, Nelva Gonzalez Ramos announced each of their prison sentences, more than a year after accepting their guilty pleas for several of these crimes.
37 -year-old, Efrain Cisneros received a sentence of over 13 years behind bars, 27-year-old, Mayra Alejandra Cervantes will pay for her crimes with more than 6 years in prison and 43-year-old, Norma Argelia Ramirez was sentenced to 7 years and six months in jail –all three from the city of McAllen.
Authorities also mentioned a fourth member in the organization, 34-year-old, Gabriela Martinez, a Mission resident who is expected to receive her sentence next month.
Officials say this is the result of a multi-agency effort called “Operation Green-eyed Tiger” where departments like the DEA, Border Patrol and McAllen and Mission local police officers came together to stop the criminal organization.
Investigators learned the individuals used different methods to transport cocaine like false compartments in passenger vehicles and trailers and found 19 bank accounts directly connected to the criminal organization — accounts used to funnel what’s believed to be a million dollars of illicit money throughout the valley.
Officials explain during the investigations they determined all four members identified themselves as leaders of the criminal group operating right here in the Rio Grande Valley.