BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Three Texas men are now in prison for possession with intent to distribute nearly two kilograms of methamphetamine.
40-year-old Ricardo Coria pleaded guilty Jan. 4, 2019, admitting he knowingly conspired with 46-year-old Juan Angel Zambrano to possess the methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. 59-year-old Cesareo Soto-Martinez pleaded guilty to his role May 10, 2019.
U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez ordered Soto-Martinez to serve a total of 46 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. Zambrano and Coria were previously sentenced to 130 and 210 months, respectively. The sentences were enhanced as the court found the methamphetamine was 99 percent pure, making the substance ice – a more potent form of the drug. In imposing the sentence for Soto-Martinez, the court noted his limited participation in the overall conspiracy. Coria received an upward adjustment in his sentencing due to his status as a recruiter.