Judge hands down two life sentences in meth case 6-5-07

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced two people involved with selling methamphetamine on the Wind River Indian Reservation to life in prison.

Judge William F. Downes last month sentenced Claudia Hermosillo and Santiago Gonzalez-Cisneros, both 26 and both of Riverton.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office in Cheyenne, Hermosillo and Gonzalez-Cisneros were leaders of a drug organization that sold methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexico on the reservation and around Riverton. They were arrested in May 2006 after they arranged delivery of 16 pounds of methamphetamine to an undercover federal agent. Hermosillo pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine, for which she received three concurrent life sentences. She also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder money, for which she received a 20-year sentence to run concurrently with the life sentences.

Gonzalez-Cisneros pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to possess and distribute the drug, for which he received two concurrent life sentences. He also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder money, for which he received a 20-year sentence to run together with the life sentences.

“These sentences send a strong message that drug trafficking on Native American lands, or anywhere else in this state, will not go undetected,” said U.S. Attorney Matt Mead. “People who indiscriminately distribute drugs to an already vulnerable population deserve to pay a heavy price. My hope is that these sentences help deter others from poisoning our people.”
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