River Valley drug traffickers sentenced to over 206 combined years in prison

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — 22 members of a River Valley-based drug organization are now sentenced to prison after a year-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a press release.

According to the document, the arrests also led agencies to seize approximately 6.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, 15 firearms, and $146,687 worth of drug money from the organization led by Manuel “Chuy” De Jesus Perez-Echeverria.

Members of the organization and their charges are sentenced as follows:

  • Alexis Tirado, 27, sentenced to 15 years BOP and $100 special assessment for aiding and abetting in the distribution of more than five grams of methamphetamine.
  • Emmanuel Miranda, 25, sentenced to six years and six months BOP and $100 special assessment for conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of methamphetamine.
  • Israel Miranda-Zapata, 30, sentenced to nine years BOP and $100 special assessment for conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of methamphetamine.
  • Brenda Golden Day, 36, sentenced to five years BOP and $100 special assessment for distribution of more than five grams of methamphetamine.
  • Manuel “Chuy” De Jesus Perez-Echeverria, 36, sentenced to 30 years BOP, $100 special assessment, and $20,000 fine for conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
  • Humberto “Beto” Acosta-Martinez, 33, sentenced to four years BOP, $100 special assessment, $300 fine for conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
  • Shaun Michael Easton, 40, sentenced to nine years BOP, $100 special assessment, $900 fine for distribution of more than five grams of methamphetamine.
  • Julio Ivan Enriquez-Munoz, 41, sentenced to four years, three months BOP, $100 special assessment, $400 fine for conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
  • Alberto Ledesma, 43, sentenced to 15 years, eight months BOP, $100 special assessment and $2,900 fine for distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.
  • Efrain Maciel-Martinez, 54, sentenced to six years, six months BOP, $100 special assessment, $300 fine for possession of more than 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
  • Makayla Nicole Martin, 22, sentenced to five years, three months BOP, $100 special assessment and $1,400 fine for money laundering.
  • Traye Everett Martin, 26, sentenced to four years, nine months BOP, $100 special assessment, $1,400 fine for conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
  • Nicholas “Nico” Moron-Rivera, 29, plead guilty on September 16, 2021 to distribution of methamphetamine. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.
  • Julie Ann Pyles, 42, sentenced to six years, six months BOP, $100 special assessment, $1,400 fine for money laundering.
  • Paula Lynne Rider, 58 sentenced to seven years, three months BOP, $100 special assessment and a $900 fine for conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.           
  • Ezequiel Rodriguez, 43, sentenced to 210 months BOP, $100 special assessment, $14,653.19 in restitution to the DEA for methamphetamine laboratory cleanup/abatement for conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
  • Ronal Salinas, 24, sentenced to two years, nine months BOP, $100 special assessment, $900 fine for distribution of more than five grams of methamphetamine.
  • Benjamin Valdez, 38, sentenced to 21 years, 10 months BOP, $100 special assessment and a $5,000 fine for distribution of more than five grams of methamphetamine.
  • Amber Renee Vance, 35, sentenced to 10 years, 10 months BOP and a $100 special assessment for conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
  • Richard James Vineyard, 33, sentenced to 10 years BOP, $100 special assessment, $900 fine for conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
  • Emily Elizabeth Williams, 31, sentenced to five years, 10 months BOP, $100 special assessment, $900 fine for conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.
  • Michael Dean Wilson, 38, sentenced to nine years, two months BOP, $100 special assessment, $1900 fine for conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Carter prosecuted the case for the United States.

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