LAFAYETTE — A man from Mexico was sentenced Tuesday to four years in federal prison for drug conspiracy charges he pleaded guilty to in April, officials said.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik also sentenced Joel Sotomayor Cervantes, 36, to three years supervised release once he leaves prison, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a news release.
When he pleaded guilty April 24, Sotomayor Cervantes told Haik that he and seven other Hispanic men conspired to distribute cocaine and heroin from an Abbeville owned by Cervantes.
Finley said Sotomayor Cervantes and the other men were responsible for heroin and cocaine distributed throughout Acadiana and Baton Rouge.
Finley said the arrests of Sotomayor Cervantes and the other men came as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation that included the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The program targets drug distributors who operate on a regional or national level.