February 25, 2024
Federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Photograph by Chris Stone

A person described by prosecutors as a “prolific firearms trafficker” who provided the Sinaloa Cartel with a whole bunch of weapons was sentenced in San Diego federal court docket Wednesday to fifteen years in jail.

Alfredo Lomas Navarrete, 33, of Culiacan, Mexico, was a gun runner for the Valenzuela Transnational Felony Group, described by the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace as a “significant factor of the Sinaloa Cartel” and “one of many largest importers of cocaine into america.”

Prosecutors say Lomas Navarrete provided the Valenzuela TCO with assault rifles, submachine weapons, grenade launchers and extra. A few of these weapons have been bought within the U.S. and smuggled into Mexico via ports of entry in San Diego and Arizona, the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace stated. He additionally offered the group with “tens of 1000’s of rounds of ammunition.”

San Diego U.S. Legal professional Tara McGrath stated in a press release, “The amount of money, ammunition, and narcotics seized on this case is staggering.”

Together with cocaine, the Valenzuela TCO is accused of smuggling fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into america.

The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace stated its investigation into the group has resulted in costs towards 109 defendants and the seizures of almost 4,500 kilos of cocaine and fentanyl.

Lomas Navarrete pleaded responsible earlier this yr to conspiring to import cocaine, distribute cocaine, commit cash laundering and to smuggle items from america.