Leader of drug trafficking organization receives hefty prison sentence

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - A federal judge sentenced the leader of a drug trafficking organization to 35 years in prison for trafficking "thousands of kilograms" of marijuana across Texas for nearly a decade, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Adan Reyes, 38, pleaded guilty last year of running the Reyes Drug Trafficking Organization from August 2006 to November 2015. 

The network smuggled the marijuana from El Paso to the Dumas, Texas area where the drugs were warehoused before being further distributed throughout the Midwestern portion of the country.

In addition to his prison term, Reyes is required to pay a nearly $37 million money judgment and undergo five years of supervision upon release.

U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo also ordered Reyes to forfeit more than $3 million worth of assets purchased with the drug money, including multiple real estate properties, vehicles, and firearms.

Reyes is among 14 other participants of the drug trafficking organization to have been convicted and sentenced to federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney. Their sentences range from one to 35 years.

Reyes' prosecution was the result of a team investigation conducted by agents with the FBI, DEA, IRS, Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Police Department, Texas Rangers, Arizona Financial Crimes
Task Force, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release .

“This case highlights the impact multiple agencies can have when they join forces," DEA Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy said. "We will continue to work together and pursue those involved in smuggling and distribution of dangerous drugs to our communities."

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