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Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Partners with the Dodge County Sheriff's Department, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, the Fort Atkinson Police Department, the Watertown Police Department, the Janesville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Operation that Focuses on Spread of Drugs into Rural Wisconsin
MADISON - U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb this afternoon sentenced Servando Herrera Vazquez to 140 months of prison and 5 years of extended supervision for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, 5 to 15 kilograms.
Today's sentence was the result of a joint investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation-Narcotics Bureau, the Dodge County Sheriff's Department, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, the Fort Atkinson Police Department, the Watertown Police Department, the Janesville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice received authority from Judge Crabb to conduct wiretaps for the investigation that included monitoring several hundred calls in which the defendants conducted drug transactions or made arrangements for the delivery of cocaine to Dodge and Jefferson counties.
Between August, 2007 and June, 2008 Servando Herrera Vazquez conspired with others to possess cocaine with intent to distribute in the Watertown area. Servando Herrera Vazquez's co-defendants Maximo Pineda-Buenaventura, Efrain Pineda-Buenaventura, Perfecto Pineda-Duque have pled guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced in January and February. Three co-defendants remain as fugitives.
"This investigation had a substantial impact on cocaine trafficking in the Watertown area," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I believe that it shows the level of commitment that the Wisconsin Department of Justice has to local law enforcement agencies in rural Wisconsin in their fight against drugs."
On June 19, 2008, law enforcement officers executed 11 search warrants resulting in the arrest of Vazquez and his co-defendants and the seizure of over $100,000, several automobiles and multiple kilograms of cocaine. In addition to the arrest of the above-named defendants, police also arrested Arturo Pineda Lopez, Gerardo Pineda-Soria, Juan C. Pineda, Teodulo Pineda-Buenaventura, Otoniel Mendoza and Eli Torres-Banos. These individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury in a separate conspiracy and are presently scheduled for trial on March 9, 2009.