California Heroin Dealers Sentenced for 24 Years

Attorneys for the state of California said that two brothers who ran a heroin delivery business and took phone orders from customers using code words like “taco” were each given 24 years in federal jail.

On Monday, Julio Cesar Martinez, 45, of Riverside and Victor Martinez, 46, of Hemet, both in California’s huge Inland Empire, were given their sentences. In August, both of them admitted to conspiring to sell heroin and at least 29 kilograms (64 pounds) of the drug in Orange County, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.

The ring was active from at least September 2003 to July 2021. It sold heroin that was brought into the country illegally from Mexico by runners who would sometimes hide the drug in their bodies.

People who wanted to buy drugs used the names of Mexican foods to place their calls to call centers that were run out of people’s houses. Police said that a gram of heroin was like a “taco” and an ounce, which is a little more than 28 grams, was like a “enchilada.” The order was then brought to the customer and paid for by runners.

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Authorities say that in 2016, a customer in Orange County died after taking too much heroin and other drugs. According to the investigators, other people in the ring put the money in bank accounts in deposits of $10,000 or less to avoid having to report it to the federal government.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada said, “These two brothers took drug dealing to a whole new level by running a heroin delivery service that made money off of other people’s addiction and suffering.” “These defendants didn’t care about the damage they did to our community while they and their families lived in luxury.” The term we gave today makes it clear that we will not stand for this kind of behavior.

The brothers were among more than a dozen people who were targeted as part of “Operation Horse Caller,” a five-year government effort to break up the ring. So far, sixteen people have been found guilty because of the work, the prosecutors said.

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