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Drug cartel members sentenced to federal prison
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Drug cartel members sentenced to federal prison

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Three members of a Mexican drug cartel have been sentenced for conspiring to deliver liquid methamphetamine to homes in Cobb County.

Gabriel "Negrito" Jimenez-Antunez, 39, pleaded guilty to acting as a distributor for the cartel. He lived in Mexico, but coordinated the delivery of shipments to Austell and Mableton.

DEA and IRS agents were already investigating Jimenez when in spring 2013, they learned he had recruited two people to carry out day-to-day activities of the drug trafficking, including receiving shipments and depositing the proceeds at banks. The other two defendants include Jimenez's brother-in-law, 38-year-old Pablo Saucedo-Aparicio of Mexico, and an associate, 49-year-old Martin Ascencio of Mableton.

On May 12, 2013, agents tracked a methamphetamine delivery to a home in Austell, after determining the drug was hidden in the gas tank of a Ford F-350 truck. They arrested the three defendants and seized the drugs. After executing search warrants at several homes tied to the cartel, agents recovered another 10 pounds of crystal meth.

Jimenez was sentenced to 25 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Saucedo and Ascencio also pleaded guilty to their part in the crime. Saucedo recevied a sentence of 16 years and eight months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Ascencio was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

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