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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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AUGUSTA COUNTY DRUG TRAFFICKER WITH TIES TO MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS

~ Luis Antonio Cardenas-Romero sentenced for racketeering and distributing nearly half a ton of methamphetamine ~

RICHMOND (August 8, 2018) – Luis Antonio Cardenas-Romero, 28, of Augusta County, was sentenced today to 20 years in jail for racketeering and distributing nearly half a ton of methamphetamine in the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County area. The case was handled by prosecutors from the office of Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin, who announced the sentence after it was imposed by Augusta County Circuit Judge W. Chapman Goodwin who called the amount of meth and the damage it caused the community “unfathomable”.

 

“As Attorney General, it is my top priority to keep Virginians and their families safe,” said Attorney General Herring. “Individuals who distribute illegal, dangerous drugs like methamphetamine jeopardize the safety of our communities and should be held accountable. My team and I will continue to work with local and federal partners to bring criminals to justice and off our streets.”

 

According to court documents, in February of 2017, investigators with the Skyline Drug and Gang Task Force, as part of multiple ongoing investigations, identified Cardenas-Romero, a native of Michoacan, Mexico, as a mid-level source of methamphetamine connected to a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization. Through continued investigation, investigators seized more than four pounds of methamphetamine with a street value in excess of $170,000, and two vehicles from Cardenas-Romero’s residence. Cardenas-Romero was indicted by the Shenandoah Valley Multi-Jurisdiction Grand Jury in connection with these offenses and in February 2018, he pleaded guilty to racketeering (RICO) and to distribution of 200 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

 

Virginia Assistant Attorney General Phil Figura of the Attorney General’s Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Section and Augusta County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph Lee prosecuted the case for the Commonwealth.

 

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