VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Jose Angel Renteria-Cortez, also known as "Sapo" and "Cucho", age 25, an illegal alien from Mexico, was sentenced on February 25, 2015 by the Honorable Hugh Lawson, Senior United States District Judge in Valdosta, to 140 months imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Renteria-Cortez had entered his plea of guilty to the offense on October 23, 2014.
On April 29, 2014, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force Officer in Lowndes County, Georgia received information from DEA Atlanta that a Hispanic male would be delivering a package of methamphetamine to Valdosta via a bus line. Agents observed Mr.
Renteria-Cortez get off the bus carrying a backpack. The Task Force Officer found 9 packages of methamphetamine with a gross weight of 6.6 pounds. In entering his plea, Mr. Renteria-Cortez admitted that he was delivering the drugs to Juan Gabriel Pecina , a co-defendant, for eventual delivery to Antonio Gallegos, a second co-defendant,. Mr. Pecina has previously been sentenced to 168 months imprisonment. Mr. Gallegos is awaiting sentencing.
"Methamphetamine continues to plague our communities. When we find it, we are going to make sure that the groups and individuals responsible for distributing it spend time in federal prison. At least we know that Mr. Renteria-Cortez will not be delivering any drugs to Middle Georgia for the next decade," said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers prosecuted the case on behalf of the Government.