Drug fugitive gets 51 months in prison

April 9, 2010 11:30:56 AM PDT
A federal judge has sentenced a Mexican national to 51 months in prison for his role in a giant cocaine operation in Watertown. Twenty-six-year-old Martin Pineda-Pineda left the city weeks before state agents and police broke up the ring in June 2008. He relocated to Florida under another name, but within a year federal prosecutors there accused him of dealing methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison in September.

He was returned to Madison and pleaded guilty in February to distributing a controlled substance.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb also ordered him to serve three years on supervised release during the April 5 sentencing. His sentence will run consecutively with his Florida sentence.

Sixteen other members of the ring, including leader Maximo "Coco" Pineda-Buenaventura, have been sentenced in federal court.