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Drug trafficker Alejandro Salinas Garcia, 31, of Mexico, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by Federal District Court Judge Richard L. Voorhees, in Statesville, for his part in a multiple-year conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina.= made the announcement Monday afternoon.
Four other defendants have previously been sentenced in this indictment, a part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation "Tool Vault," so named because law enforcement seized more than 100 firearms from a tool box maintained by some defendants.
U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today's announcement by Delbert Richburg, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations; Paula Carson, Special Agent in Charge of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI); Tom Adkins of the Hickory Police Department (HPD); Coy Reid of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office; and David Ashley, Special Agent in Charge of North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE).
Also sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy are:
Kenneth Lee Travis, also known as "Blue," 27, of Hickory, who has been in custody since his arrest on November 30, 2009, was sentenced on September 10, 2012, to 210 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release.
Timothy Allen Grate, also known as "Chewey," 38, of Manning, SC, pleaded guilty on October 15, 2009, and was sentenced on April 14, 2010, to 121 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Mary Elizabeth Bailey Williams, 34, of Hickory, pleaded guilty on August 6, 2009, and was sentenced on October 4, 2010, to 108 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Anderson Contreras, 31, of formerly of Newton but pending removal to his native Costa Rica after completion of his sentence, pleaded guilty on August 3, 2010, and was sentenced on February 7, 2011, to 120 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Alberto Carranza-Flores, also known as Javier Campos Monte, 38, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on April 29, 2010, and was sentenced on June 15, 2011, to 30 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
According to court proceedings and records, the conspiracy lasted from 2002 to 2009, and involved importation of more than 600 kilograms of cocaine, far in excess of one kilograms of crack cocaine, approximately 2 kilograms of methamphetamine, and more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana, primarily from Mexico through the Rio Grande Valley of Texas,.