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Sacramento man sentenced in conspiracy with Mexican drug cartel to traffic meth

A Sacramento man has been sentenced in to 17 1/2 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Fausto Diaz-Lozano, 45, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez, according to a Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Diaz-Lozano was a trusted member with high-level connections to La Familia Michoacan, a Mexican drug cartel. Evidence indicated he had ties to a “boss” in the organization. With a phone call to that boss, Diaz-Lozano was able to modify the “authorized” area for a huge distribution and supply hub controlled by the Cartel in Gilroy. Before that call to the boss in Mexico, the hub was authorized to distribute only in the south Bay Area, federal officials said. According to court documents, he also recruited new members and associates to the cartel.

When the Gilroy supply hub was searched on Aug. 19, 2010, investigators seized more than 610 pounds of methamphetamine, 16 pounds of cocaine, two firearms and ledgers the detailed the distribution of more than 3,300 pounds of methamphetamine in a four- to five-month period. Approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine was tested by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and found to be approximately 98 percent pure, officials said.

The judge found that Diaz-Lozano directed others in connection with the international drug conspiracy. He also found that Diaz-Lozano, as a member of the conspiracy, was responsible for the drugs and guns found in Gilroy.

Diaz-Lozano is the sixth defendant to be sentenced in the case. Hector Salazar Borrayo of Gilroy was sentenced to 14 years and four months in prison; Martin Solorio of Sacramento, nine years; Roberto Bermudez-Ornelas of Sacramento, three years and three months; Sergio Murillo-Valencia, 16 years; and Fabian Figueroa-Ayala of Gilroy, 12 1/2 years.

Three other defendants also are charged in this case.

The case resulted from and investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the California Department of Justice.