The suspected supervisor of a drug distribution ring that operated out of Van Nuys and used a fleet of cars and a staff of drivers to make instant deliveries of heroin and cocaine is expected to plead guilty Thursday to a federal charge.
Adrian “Toro” Munoz-Garcia, 24, of Buena Park, has agreed to enter a plea to a single felony count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. The charge carries a sentence of between 10 years and life behind bars.
Munoz-Garcia was among seven people arrested in December in connection with an indictment targeting “Manny’s Delivery Service,” which reportedly operated in the area for at least 10 years, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
While the service sold small quantities to telephone customers, conspirators sold larger quantities to other dealers as part of a high-volume drug ring, prosecutors allege.
During a two-month period that began in late August, members of the ring obtained multi-pound quantities of black-tar heroin from Mexico and moved hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, according to secretly recorded conversations outlined in the indictment. Bulk narcotics were stored in a stash house, and smaller quantities of drugs were packaged and dispatched to addicts from a Van Nuys facility, according to papers filed in Los Angeles federal court.
Authorities allegedly seized about 14 pounds of heroin, more than a pound of cocaine and a significant amount of cash during the takedown last year, federal prosecutors said.
Prosecutors contend Sigifredo Gurrola Barrientos, 40, of Sylmar, managed the operation and oversaw the movement of narcotics and the delivery fleet. Munoz-Garcia was allegedly his second-in-command.
A status conference in the case is scheduled for April 25.