Meet Sergio "Yayo" Vidales, the 51st and Final Person Sentenced in Massive La Familia Meth Bust

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Readers, have you ever purchased coke or meth from a man named Yayo? If so, stop reading, get on a Greyhound and immediately get out of town.

For the rest of you: "Yayo" was the subtle nickname of a convicted drug dealer named Sergio Moreno Vidales, a former Dallas resident who just became the 51st person to be sentenced to prison for his role in a massive North Texas drug bust.

It turns out that Dallas, the city where big things happen, has also been home to really big drug deals. In 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration set their sights on some meth-distribution cells here, according to a complaint filed by the DEA. With the help of the Carrollton Police Department, the DEA found that Dallas drug dealers were working on behalf of La Familia, a once-notorious drug cartel in Mexico, transporting meth and coke between between Michoacan, Mexico, and Dallas.

When police got a warrant and searched a Texas home in 2011, they say that Vidales was there, lying on a bed with his hands underneath the mattress, while another guy ran into a closet.

Vidales refused to take his hands out of the mattress so police pulled him off the bed, discovering a gun underneath the mattress. Vidales is -- oh God, how do we say this without awakening the comment trolls -- an undocumented immigrant, which means that he wasn't technically allowed to possess the firearm.

In addition to weapons, police seized 100 kilograms of methamphetamine, several kilograms of cocaine and $725,000 in cash.

On Wednesday, Judge Ed Kinkeade handed Vidales his sentence, a cozy 28 years in federal prison. The sentencing comes after the 37-year-old was convicted by a jury in February on the drug-deal charges, which include distributing methamphetamine for the La Familia drug cartel.

"Targeting drug cartels that have infiltrated North Texas and jeopardized the safety and security of our communities will continue to be a priority in this district," U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña said in a statement.

On the plus side, maybe when Yayo is free he can get some sort of Orange is the New Black Netflix deal out of the whole thing.


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26 comments
tierradolce
tierradolce

28 years is too much time I didn't read that he killed anybody the justice system is retarded.

mcdallas
mcdallas

That meth he was selling was not "illegal".  It was just "undocumented".  Sheesh!

tonytrex1627
tonytrex1627

Pretty smart let the dope hoes take care of you on the street and now the goverment picks up the tab, I'm struggling to pay my bills because I'm paying this mutha suckers bills! This justice system sucks. I know a guy from the Middle East works at a store but has 21 credit cards and 45k in debt? Wake up people

TexMarine
TexMarine

" ....Vidales is -- oh God, how do we say this without awakening the comment trolls -- an undocumented immigrant, which means that he wasn't technically allowed to possess the firearm."

Can he vote?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Really Amy, I've got to ask you.  What part of condemning the actions of an illegal immigrant, illegally in possession of a firearm, while selling illegal drugs would make one a troll?  Even a liberal whose heart had completely bled out should be able to see this young stalwart has no redeeming qualities.

Joshua Marino
Joshua Marino

I've never heard of no Yoyo I promise he aint sell me no crystal

rubbercow
rubbercow

Wow, this "reporter" is a total jagoff.

Americano
Americano

He's living the American dream.  He get's to stay in the country another 28 years.

chad
chad

I can't think of a less offensive way to put it than "undocumented immigrant".

PreciousDemSnowflake
PreciousDemSnowflake

Poor Amy...all those trolls with their inconvenient facts that puncture your cone of correctness. You know you love the attention, schooling and page views we provide. Next time you feel like typing 'undocumented' I suggest 'illegal' instead. Promotes truth and accuracy which should be the aim of even an advocacy journalist. Saves you some keystrokes too.

doublecheese
doublecheese

"an undocumented immigrant, which means that he wasn't technically allowed to possess the firearm"

How about not at all?  There's no technicality about it.  Unless this was some kind of snark to demonstrate the futility of gun control laws.  Yeah, that's what you meant, I'm sure.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Yet another immigrant yearning to come out of the shadows, selling the meth Americans won't sell.

"Vidales is -- oh God, how do we say this without awakening the comment trolls -- an undocumented immigrant, which means that he wasn't technically allowed to possess the firearm."

The term you are looking for is "tax-paying, civic-minded citizen," not "troll."


ruddski
ruddski

At least he got to live in the USA legally, finally. His reward for servicing the needs of so many Texans. Good on him.

if6were9
if6were9

I'll still have access to Unfair Park while traveling on the Greyhound, yes/no? 

TexMarine
TexMarine

@doublecheese maybe by technically she was signaling they she secretly believes that everyone should posses a firearm?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@if6were9 Yes. Just don't take any pictures (1) of the bus (2) on the bus (3) anywhere around or near the bus (4) out the widow of the bus.

Greyhound doesn't like photographers or photography. So keep that iPhone in your pocket.

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