4 in Patagonia family get prison in drug case

Members of a Patagonia family were sentenced to federal prison Monday on drug trafficking charges.

They were found guilty last September of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

Those sentenced were: Fabian Monge, 34, who received 12 1/2 years; Isabel Sierras Santos, 43, who got seven years; Mary Francis Carlson, 32, who received five years; and Frank Lopez, 49, who was sentenced to 7 1/2 years.

Fabian, Isabel and Mary Francis are siblings, according to a news release.

Fabian Monge was also found guilty of separate counts of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

The Monge family was responsible for smuggling tons of marijuana from Mexico into the United States and transporting bulk marijuana to Tucson and Phoenix since at least 2006, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona.

"For years Fabian Monge operated a family run drug trafficking organization with impunity," Doug Coleman, a DEA special agent in charge, said in the release.

Lopez was one of the stash-house operators for the drug ring, the news release said.

More than 40 people were charged in connection with this drug-trafficking case, the news release said.

Arizona Daily Star

Money laundering nets woman probation

A woman who pleaded guilty to attempted money laundering received four years' probation.

Pauline Guerena was sentenced for her role in what prosecutors said was a multimillion-dollar drug-importing ring.

She originally was accused of illegally conducting a criminal enterprise, conspiracy to commit possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to commit money laundering along with other members of her family.

Her husband, Alejandro Ortiz Guerena, pleaded guilty to attempted possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to commit money laundering and was sentenced to five years' probation and 105 days in jail last month.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department investigated the Guerena family for drug trafficking. In May 2011, a SWAT team raided the house of Jose Guerena, Pauline Guerena's brother-in-law, on the far southwest side, shooting and killing him.

SWAT team members were exonerated following an investigation into the incident.

Patrick McNamara

Repairman accused of thefts at homes

A man who worked for a company that contracted with DirectTV was arrested on suspicion of theft and trafficking.

Christopher Robles, 30, is accused of gaining access into homes in Green Valley and stealing valuables by telling residents they had a signal malfunction and he was there to check out the problem, said Deputy Tracy Suitt, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

He was arrested June 27.

Detectives are looking for more victims.

Robles could face additional charges, Suitt said.

Veronica M. Cruz

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