The Chesterfield cartel: a man sentenced to ten years behind bars for trafficking cocaine

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Washington state man has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for trafficking drugs across international lines.

Court documents show Juan Gabriel Rodriguez-Preciado, 44, aided in drug trafficking between a Mexican cartel and a regional drug trafficking organization.

The organisation, led by Adian Barth, 37, was based in Chesterfield.

In July and August 2019, Rodriguez-Preciado stayed at a place in Richmond owned by Barth. It was at this time that he took part in the cocaine trade. He distributed about 10 kilograms of cocaine every two weeks.

Rodriguez-Preciado collected around $30,000 per kilogram, which was sent back to Mexico.

He was sentenced Thursday to 145 months in prison for criminal conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine.

Previously, Barth had been sentenced to nearly two decades in prison for conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine.

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