By Amanda Gambill
A man working for a Mexican drug organization was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Nashville to four years in prison for conspiracy to possess and intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine and 100 kilograms of marijuana.
According to court documents, Jose Amador De La Fuente Cortinas, 43, was believed to be the “enforcer” of the Mexican drug organization. He also faces two years of supervised release. He was arrested in April 2011 near the Nashville International Airport.
He is one of 18 defendants in the case. He pleaded guilty in November. According to Assistant U.S. District Attorney Brent Hannafan, 13 others have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, two have yet to plea and two have yet to be arrested. The investigation used a confidential informant and wiretaps to arrest the suspects.
The sentencing falls on the low end of the mandatory federal sentencing guidelines.
“We believe it was an appropriate sentencing, “ Hannafan said. Cortinas made no statement at the sentencing by Judge William J. Haynes, Jr.
Amanda Gambill is with Siegenthaler News Service – MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.