Drug kingpin pleads guilty to heroin trafficking

Drug kingpin pleads guilty to heroin trafficking

Credit: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Federal authorities say a high-ranking member of a Mexican drug cartel has pleaded guilty to heroin trafficking.  

Forty-year-old Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler, where he pleaded guilty to importing and distributing heroin in the United States. 

Castro-Rocha faces between 10 years and life in prison, and a $10 million fine when he is sentenced later.  

U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins says Castro-Rocha was the head of a drug cartel that distributed large quantities of heroin in the United States between 2005 and 2008. 

Court records shows that during that period, Castro-Rocha's network trafficked up to 10 kilograms of black tar heroin worth $1.2 million in the Charlotte area alone. 

Castro-Rocha was initially charged in 2009, but wasn't extradited from Mexico until the end of 2012. 
 

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