Cupertino Courier

Man, 24, gets seven years in prison for narcotics traffickin­g

Prosecutor­s say he served as a `drug organizati­on dispatcher'

- By Jason Green bayareanew­

A federal judge on Jan. 31 sentenced a South Bay-based “drug organizati­on dispatcher” to seven years in prison for narcotics traffickin­g, according to prosecutor­s.

Raul Jimenez-verduzco, 24, of San Jose and Milpitas, pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams, or 1 pound, of methamphet­amine, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

As part of a plea agreement, Jimenez-verduzco admitted that from October 2020 to October 2021 he worked with a drug-traffickin­g organizati­on to dole out 198 pounds of methamphet­amine, 40 pounds of cocaine and 10 pounds of heroin, according to prosecutor­s. The drugs were valued at $495,000, $540,000 and $63,000, respective­ly.

Prosecutor­s said Jimenezver­duzco acted principall­y as a dispatcher who took phone orders from the organizati­on and contacted couriers to deliver the drugs to customers.

Jimenez-verduzco also admitted in his plea agreement that he handled other tasks for the organizati­on, including storing drug shipments at his apartment, picking up money from customers and delivering drugs to customers, according to prosecutor­s.

One of those deliveries — three ounces of pure methamphet­amine and one ounce of heroin — was made to an undercover agent on Oct. 20, 2020.

Jimenez-verduzco was arrested after a traffic stop Oct. 21, 2021.

Prosecutor­s said he had $4,000 in cash and that 1 pound of methamphet­amine was found inside a backpack on the front passenger seat and an additional 19 pounds were found in a cardboard box in the trunk.

In addition to seven years in prison, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Freeman ordered Jimenez-verduzco to serve three years of supervised release. He was in custody at the time of his sentencing.

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