Mexican citizen sentenced on cocaine charge

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

MADISON—A Mexican man who was living in Beloit was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison on a cocaine charge, according to a news release from U.S. attorney John Vaudreuil of the Western District of Wisconsin.

According to the release:

Emeterio Velazquez, 51, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty in June for conspiring to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine involving 100 to 300 pounds of cocaine. His sentence also included enhancements for possession of a gun, making threats of violence to a drug customer and being a leader of the drug trafficking organization.

His prison term will be followed by five years of supervised release if he is not deported. 

Velazquez's wife, Rosalina Velazquez, was sentenced last week to nine years in federal prison for the same offense involving 30 to 100 pounds of cocaine.

Four others in the conspiracy have been charged and convicted: 

-- Omar Velazquez, Emeterio and Rosalina's son, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

-- Nicolas Covarrubias was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

-- Jose Luis Castillo-Madrigal was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison.

-- Ruperto Ruiz is awaiting sentencing. 

-- In a related case, Jose and Johnny Espinoza were convicted of attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Jose Espinoza was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison, while Johnny Espinoza is awaiting sentencing.

The charges were the result of an investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Beloit Police Department, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, Stateline Area Narcotics Team, Rockford Police Department, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Rock County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Illinois State Police.

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