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Leader of Rochester Drug Ring Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison

Leader of Rochester Drug Ring Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison

May 22, 2018 04:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A California man has been sentenced to over two decades in prison for his part in operating a drug trafficking ring in Rochester.

According to United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker, 30-year-old Marco Avila was sentenced on Tuesday for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

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According to court documents, Avila pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine for his role as leader and facilitator of the Avila Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO).

Documents describe DTO as an "extensive Rochester-based methamphetamine and cocaine distribution organization," and that Avila served as the supply source for the drugs,  and managed both the distribution of the drugs and the profits.

Court documents detail that between June 2017 and September 2017, while in custody awaiting sentencing at the Anoka County Adult Detention Facility, he continued to facilitate the supply and distribution of drugs for DTO.

He was charged and pleaded guilty to a 2nd count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine earlier this year.

Tuesday, in United States District Court in St. Paul, he was sentenced to 26 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release.

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