Four more of the individuals charged with being members of a large cocaine distribution organization have been sentenced to prison terms. 24-year old Manuel Ramirez of Collinsville was sentenced to 81 months in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release. He was also forced to forfeit more than 74-thousand, five hundred dollars to the United States after pleading guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine.

The other three men who were sentenced last week are Mexican citizens who were in the United States illegally at the time of their arrests and have all previously pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine.

In addition to the earlier charge,28-year old Javier Villasenior-Cardona was charged with illegal re-entry following deportation and Unlawful Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine. He was sentenced to 130 months in prison, which will be followed by five years of supervised release and must also forfeit 231-thousand dollars to the United States. 41-year old Homero Hernandez-Vega was also charged with Entry into the United States Without Inspection and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine. Hernandez-Vega will serve 25 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He must also forfeit more than 23-thousand dollars to the United States. 28-year old Francisco Perez will spend 70 months in prison and serve three years of supervised release and must forfeit more than 136-thousand dollars to the United States. The court also issued Judicial Orders of Removal against the three foreign nationals, which will require each to be deported from the United States following their release from prison.

Seventeen others have previously been sentenced to prison terms, the others are still awaiting sentencing.

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