Vanessa Ruiz sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for cocaine distribuitonPosted on January 25, 2008
U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Vanessa Ruiz, age 22, of Baltimore, today to ten years in prison, 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.
According to her guilty plea, from November 2005 through
December 2006, Ruiz participated in the sale of crack cocaine with
other members of the drug conspiracy. Ruiz delivered crack cocaine
to drug customers and made at least three sales of crack cocaine
totaling approximately 150 grams to an undercover agent.
Co-defendants Humberto Gasca, age 35, of Baltimore, and his wife
Josefina Quinonez, age 41, of Aurora, Colorado, pleaded guilty to
the conspiracy and were sentenced on November 2, 2007 to 160
months and 120 months in prison, respectively. 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.
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.