Ring leader David Flores, 36, is a Mexican national living in Dallas, Texas, according to a news release by the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray. He was in the Mecklenburg County jail Thursday night pending his transfer to a federal prison.
Federal agents unraveled the ring in October 2017 when Drug Enforcement agents seized 23 kilograms of cocaine near Nashville, Tenn., from a car headed to North Carolina, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office release.
According to court documents, Flores contracted with the driver and a passenger to deliver the drug from Texas to members of the ring in Lincolnton. Two other ring members distributed the cocaine from a home in the Catawba County town of Maiden, prosecutors said in Thursday’s release.
Three of his co-conspirators were previously sentenced: Saul Martinez-Ochoa, 10 years; Alexander Garoutte, six years and eight months; and Ruben Silva-Malicote, three years and 10 months, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office release.