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Mexican drug dealer 'Calero' sentenced to 20 years

Mar 3, 2011 12:13:00 PM - thestate.com
A Mexican national among 116 other defendants in a major 2009 federal drug sting was sentenced in Columbia on Wednesday to 20 years in prison.

Frediberto Pineda, called “Calero” and known to use the names Samuel Hernandez-Pimental – his birth name – Samuel P. Hernandez and Jorge Rodriguez-Berruquin, was sentenced in Columbia following his conviction on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and illegal re-entry after deportation, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Columbia said.

Pineda, 32, of Gaston and Guerrerro, Mexico, will be deported after his active sentence.

Pineda and dozens of other defendants were caught up in a court-authorized, FBI-monitored wiretap operation in the Columbia area. Evidence gathered in the case showed that Pineda was helped by his brother, Alfredo "Buli" Pimental, also known as Alfredo Hernandez-Pimentel and Alfredo Pimentel-Hernandez, in supplying kilograms of cocaine to local drug networks.

Alfredo Pimental is currently a fugitive.