Former U.S. Marine Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr. Sentenced for Leading International Cocaine Distribution Organization

Former US Marine, Angel Dominguez Jr., was sentenced to 16 years in prison in federal court for running a multinational network that smuggled tons of cocaine from South America to Mexico and the United States.

Prosecutors revealed that Dominguez, 50, was the leader of a gang known as El Seguimiento 39, El Seg 39, or simply “The Company,” which was linked to Mexican drug cartels like the Sinaloa Cartel and the infamously brutal Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) authorities estimate that at its peak, the organization imported around 10 tons (9,072 kilograms) of cocaine into the United States each month and remitted at least $10 million in drug proceeds back to Mexico.

“Today’s sentencing of Dominguez is a strong example of HSI’s ongoing efforts to target and dismantle the most significant drug trafficking organizations in the world, whose multi-billion dollar criminal networks funnel drugs onto our streets and spread violence into our communities,” said Chad Plantz, Special Agent in Charge of HSI San Diego.

Federal authorities confirmed that The Company gang utilized its links with corrupt high-level Mexican officials to impede investigations, including Ivan Reyes Arzate, a federal police commander who was sentenced to ten years in jail for cocaine trafficking in New York in February.

US Attorney Randy Grossman said that Dominguez’s sentence “Sends a message that the leaders of even the most powerful criminal organizations will be held accountable.” 

Dominguez will be given credit for nearly six years in prison already served.

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