Across the world, the authorities are waging the “The War On Drugs” against dope boys of all different backgrounds, looking to satisfy the appetites of folks looking for their next high. The demand for cocaine in the United States is among the highest in the world, and suppliers are moving more of the white than ever before, to fill orders. One of the latest casualties of America’s rampage on drug dealers is Mateo Meraz, 43, of Rockford, IL. Last week, the undocumented Mexican immigrant was sentenced to eight years in prison and three years of supervised release for overseeing an interstate cocaine pipeline.
According to the DEA, Meraz, along with his son, Hector, 23, and Sarah Lapp, 38, of Jonesville, WI, ran kilos of coke from Chicago to the Charlotte area. The trio was popped in October. They delivered nine keys, divided up into 18 bundles and stashed in a secret compartment under the back seat of the car they were driving in. The haul was reportedly worth $476,145.
Meraz pleaded guilty to one count of of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, in November. At sentencing, on February 11, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. sealed Meraz’s fate by saying, “The defendant is an illegal alien that continues to return to the United States and traffic drugs. A 97-month prison sentence will adequately protect the community.”
Hector Meraz and Sarah Lapp each also pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and are awaiting sentencing. Given Mateo Meraz’s undocumented alien status, he will be deported to Mexico upon release.