SAN DIEGO -- An associate of the Mexican Mafia was sentenced last Friday to more than 17 years in federal prison after he admitted to participating in organized criminal activity by distributing, on average of 30 to 40 pounds, of methamphetamine a month in San Diego, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Silvano Hernandez Jr., 40, was one of 36 individuals arrested last year as part of Operation Carnalismo, an investigation targeted the Mexican Mafia's organized criminal activity, federal officials stated.
The investigation resulted in well over 100 arrests of local gang members and associates in January 2012, stated officials.
The Mexican Mafia is a violent criminal organization that was spawned in prison.
Federal prosecutors stated that Hernandez, of San Diego, distributed anywhere from 1/4-pound to multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine to a number of drug dealers who, in turn, sold the methamphetamine in smaller quantities.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter J. Mazza, the lead prosecutor on the case, stated in court that the 30-40 pounds of methamphetamine Hernandez distributed onto the streets of San Diego every month roughly equated to well over 50,000 doses of methamphetamine per month. At the time of his arrest, investigators seized nearly $150,000 in cash from his residence and a 2011 Lincoln sedan valued at approximately $50,000, according to Mazza.
As of March 15, 2013, federal officials stated that 30 of 36 defendants have been convicted, and 14 of those 30 have been sentenced.