CORPUS CHRISTI – Ricardo Guerrero, 55, a former George West resident, faces life in prison and a possible $10 million fine during June sentencing after his conviction in federal court this month of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, conspiracy to launder money, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A federal jury returned the verdict late March 18, following an eight-day trial and roughly two hours of deliberation. The jury also separately voted to forfeit three of Guerrero’s residential properties to the U.S., announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
The money laundering conspiracy involved concealing money that Guerrero, made from his drug trafficking, primarily through cattle and vehicle auctions, according to reports.
During the trial, the government provided evidence that Guerrero was the leader of the conspiracies, which existed from 2009 through his arrest on Sept. 26, 2013. Guerrero was proven to be a major dealer in methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, according to the statement from Magidson.
“Over the course of the two-year investigation, law enforcement agents seized more than six kilograms of methamphetamine, five kilograms of heroin and six kilograms of cocaine,” the release showed. “In addition to these amounts, trial testimony also proved that Guerrero’s criminal organization was moving kilogram amounts of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine at least once or twice a month. He obtained the illegal narcotics from Mexico and had them crossed into the United States at Brownsville, McAllen or Laredo and stored the narcotics on numerous properties he owned in Mathis and in neighboring counties. Guerrero sold the methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine to sources throughout South Texas, as far north as Houston, and even as far west as San Antonio.”
The government presented testimony from 52 witnesses, which included information about the arrests of 21 other conspirators that had been working for Guerrero in the drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracies. Those defendants all entered guilty pleas to their respective roles prior to trial. The remaining conspirators pleaded guilty to their roles in transporting or selling narcotics for Guerrero.
Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head presided over the trial and has set Guerrero’s sentencing for June 5.
Those charged in relation to this case were identified through a long-term investigation conducted jointly by Homeland Security Investigations and Texas Department of Public Safety.