Information provided by United States Attorney D. Michael Hurst, Jr. –
Southern District of Mississippi
53-year-old Pablo Vega-Ontanon, an illegal alien from Mexico who was living in Georgia, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 74 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Jere T. Miles with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.
On November 6, 2018, Vega-Ontanon and two co-defendants arrived in Gulfport to sell heroin to a confidential informant. They claimed to have ten kilograms of heroin hidden in a compartment of their vehicle. All three were arrested shortly thereafter. The substance was eventually tested and found to contain nine kilograms of heroin and one kilogram of fentanyl.
One kilogram of fentanyl can produce half a million fatal doses.
Vega-Ontanon was indicted on November 27, 2018, along with co-defendants Eder Ortega- Casarrubias and Eric Estudillo-Carrazco. Co-defendant Eder Ortega-Cassarubias pled guilty and was sentenced on June 26, 2019, by Judge Ozerden, to 127 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
Co-defendant Estudillo-Carrazco pled guilty on August 28, 2019, and will be sentenced by Judge Ozerden on November 27, 2019. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.