Two Gainesville men accused of being connected to a drug distribution ring known unofficially as the “Lenox Park Cartel” were sentenced Friday and Monday in U.S. District Court.
Marco Antonio Cantero and Diego Armando Cantero were each sentenced to 12 years in prison. Both previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime.
All other counts in the indictment were dismissed.
Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad agents, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police identified 12 suspects after a 10-month investigation “focused on the criminal drug trafficking organization, informally known as the Lenox Park Cartel.”
“Several of the suspects resided and/or furthered their criminal activity in the subdivision in Gainesville … known as Lenox Park, as well as other areas in Hall County and Stephens County,” Lt. Scott Ware said in March 2016.
Authorities said the group was “believed to be responsible for the distribution of 8,800 pounds of methamphetamine.”
An attempt to reach both men’s attorneys for comment was unsuccessful.
Both men are ordered to pay a special assessment of $200 and will be on supervised release for five years after prison.