Grand jury indicts men suspected in Nashville drug ring

Monday, August 16, 2010 at 11:34pm

A federal grand jury last week indicted five men believed to be involved in a drug trafficking organization with ties to Mexico.

The indictment charges Felipe Garcia-Rodriguez, Antonio Coronado-Bustamante, Adalid “Dino” Sanchez, Francisco Zuniga-Leija and Juan Carlos Rodgriguez-Garcia with conspiring to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana of between February 2009 and July 31, 2010.

All men are in federal custody awaiting trial. Each faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a maximum fine of $4 million.

The indictments result from a year-and-a-half-long federal investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force.

In a hearing last week, a federal agent testified that Metro police detectives “stumbled” onto the federal investigation during their own undercover investigation of Zuniga-Leija on July 31. Metro detectives watched as he and Bustamante met for an alleged drug deal.

Shortly after the meeting, Zuniga-Leija was stopped on Interstate 24 with 100 pounds of marijuana, according to police, while Bustamante was followed to a residence where police said they found 20 pounds of marijuana in his car.

Following the arrests, the feds took over the case and according to its investigation, Garcia-Rodriguez organized marijuana deliveries from Mexico while Bustamante handled deliveries in the Nashville area and delivered money back to Garcia-Rodriguez.

Federal authorities also believe the organization used a mechanic shop just across the Kentucky border to install hidden compartments in vehicles used to smuggle guns and money back to Mexico.

7 Comments on this post:

By: BEOWULF on 8/17/10 at 7:47

BEOWULF: More presents from Mexico! Max sentences all around.

By: BEOWULF on 8/17/10 at 7:51

BEOWULF: Isn't it wonderful what these knock-off copies of human beings are doing for our US of A ?

By: skeptic1 on 8/17/10 at 9:02

The first thing I want to know is are they illegal aliens! If ICE and border patrols had kept them out of this country IN THE FIRST PLACE, we would not have had these criminals operating on our streets for a least a year and a half. Now we'll probably have these leaches on our hands as guests of our federal (taxpayer-funded) prisons for several years. I am at a loss to understand why so many people say, "Oh well, that is a federal problem. The federal government has to pay for that." Listen people, the federal government gets that money from YOUR TAXES. The U.S. mint doesn't print any money unless the taxpayers have paid for it !!!

By: skeptic1 on 8/17/10 at 10:54

Read this article about 4 inmates in a Mexican prison found in a trash dumpster with their throats slashed. Arrested after a gun battle with police, I am not sure if these inmates were killed by the prison guards or other prisoners. Three other inmates were found dead ealier this month.

No wonder they would rather set up shop in the U.S. to deal drugs and guns. By comparison, our prisons are resort hotels.

We have got to stop this invasion while we still have a hope.

By: BEOWULF on 8/18/10 at 6:01

BEOWULF: IMPEACH b. hussein .o for not enforcing or upholding the laws of the USA. Our next leader will understand the intent of voters to set us back on a proper path!

By: MamaG on 8/18/10 at 9:26

Beowulf, you have an ID10t problem. Why don't you impeach yourself as a citizen and take your hatred to another country that would welcome you.

By: robertmack on 8/18/10 at 11:36

MamaG, for your information, Beowulf is speaking for the majority of American Citizens. Why do you think he is an idiot? Are you for the total destruction of the America where you live? I, for one, am not going to sit around and watch America go down the drain. I am for shutting the Southern Border, locking it down completely and put about three Armored Divisions, a couple of Armored Cavalry Divisions and maybe about four combat infantry divisions, all fully armed on the border and just dare anyone to come across that border illegally. If they do, then shoot to kill. That will put an end to your drug cartels, your illegal corruption and all the mess we are now living with. Are you for that MamaG?