Humberto Gasca and his wife Josefina Quinonez sentenced to prison

U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Humberto Gasca, age 35, of Baltimore, and his wife Josefina Quinonez, age 41, of Aurora, Colorado today to 160 months and 120 months in prison,
respectively, followed by five years of supervised release for
conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack
cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of
Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Davis enhanced Humberto
Gasca’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based
on prior convictions for robbery and distribution of narcotics and
based on his leadership and supervisory role over 15 other
defendants in this case. Fourteen defendants have pleaded guilty.

According to their guilty pleas, from November 2005 through
December 2006, Humberto Gasca was a supervisor and supplier of
drugs to a number of individuals, including his wife, Josefina
Quinonez, who distributed cocaine and crack cocaine in Baltimore.
Gasca obtained the drugs from sources in Colorado and Baltimore.
Quinonez would deliver crack cocaine to drug customers and assist
Humberto Gasca and others in the crack sales. During the course of
this one-year investigation, government informants purchased over
1.25 kilograms of crack cocaine from members of the drug
conspiracy, who operated from bars and locations in Fells Point and
Southeast Baltimore.

According to court documents the Gasca family sold multiple
kilograms of powder and crack cocaine during the time of the
conspiracy. Members of the organization also manufactured and
sold hundreds of false driver’s licenses, social security cards, and
Alien Registration documents. Agents executed several search and
seizure warrants in December, 2006, upon the arrest of the
defendants, and recovered kilograms of cocaine, drug scales,
money, and hundreds of fraudulent identification documents.

Co-defendants Maria Quinonez, age 35, of Baltimore was sentenced
today to a year and a day in prison for conspiracy to transfer false
identification documents, and Jonathan Sanchez, age 34, of
Baltimore, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to distribute and
possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and faces a minimum
mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in
prison at his sentencing on January 11, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, and Baltimore City Police Department for their
investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Kwame J. Manley and Stephanie A. Gallagher, who are prosecuting the case.

Source: U S D O J

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