The Rise and Fall of a North Texas Meth Ring

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Gerardo Cisneros and his associates used code to talk about their meth deals.
In court documents, he is referred to as "Ruben." We don't know his real name, and we don't know if he was the first to make contact with the now-27-year-old Gerardo Cisneros, aka "Tatuado" or, simply, "Jerry." But we do know that in November 2012, Ruben made a call to Cisneros about "tickets."

Cisneros was just building a meth distribution center in DFW. According to court documents, he had turned eight kilograms into $23,000. Ruben must have been impressed, because he told Cisneros that 22 kilograms of meth, or about 50 pounds, were being prepared for him to distribute.

Shortly after distributing it, Cisneros received another phone call. He was to go to a Valero parking lot, where a silver Volkswagon Jetta with Mexico plates was waiting for "73 tickets," or $73,000 in drug money, to be transported to Mexico. Cisneros said he'd be there in three or four minutes. From there, things took off.

It was a family affair: Cisneros' mother and his sister helped out. Meth came up from Mexico, through San Antonio, and found its way to Dallas. Cisneros used carriers to deliver the cash back to Mexico. He also placed the money in several bank accounts, including with Chase and Wells Fargo, that could be withdrawn down there. With the money he was making, Cisneros bought five vehicles, including a black Camaro and a black Mercedes, and a house in Arlington, the feds say.

He and his associates called their meth "cream." Adiel Fuentes, one of Cisneros' main collaborators, listed out the prices for a buyer once: $300 for an ounce, $2,800 for a quarter pound, $9,500 for a pound. He called one pound a "whole bow of yellow." (Update: As several commenters have mentioned, there's some bad math going on with the prices for meth here. I don't know how the dealers arrived at those numbers, but the court documents show those are the prices Fuentes gave for meth in a particular instance.)

In April 2013, Cisneros gave a man named Omar Herrera-Garcia about 23 pounds of meth and told him to hide it. Herrera-Garcia knew it was an illegal substance, but he didn't immediately realize it was cream. He stashed it in a place owned by another man, Francisco Ruiz, in Farmersville, a small town about an hour northeast of Dallas. The court documents don't say what the relationship between Herrera-Garcia and Ruiz was, but Ruiz eventually found what was being stored there. He made it clear: I don't want any trouble; your secret's safe with me.

In early August, Cisneros' mom drove about seven pounds of meth through a Border Patrol checkpoint. She was arrested. A little over a week later, DEA special agents arrested her son. Cisneros' sister is on the run.

All in all, 24 were charged in the distribution ring. According to the press release, 21 pleaded guilty, two are awaiting trial and one's case was dismissed. Wednesday, Cisneros was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Ruben, whoever he is, slipped away.


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28 comments
penino
penino

There are many Ruben's and Cisnero's trying to infest our neighborhoods with drugs. People need to stay away from drugs and focus on life's good things. http://ow.ly/xKIVh

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

"Ruben made a call to Cisneros about "tickets."


How many ounces of hockey tickets do you need?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

I'll bet dollars to ounces that Ruben is a paid government informant. And that he is still free on he the crimes he was paid by the government to commit.

skychadde
skychadde

As several have mentioned, there's some bad math going on with the prices for meth here. I don't know how the dealers arrived at those numbers, but the court documents show those are the prices Fuentes gave for meth in a particular instance. Thanks for reading so closely.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Next story, the Fall of the The Gas Pipe and The Ridglea Theater 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Methedrine was introduced to the community by the ADA, probably as an answer to government fluoridation.

It sure has made a meth of thingth. Toothless laws won't do much to take a bite out of this particular crime

shannon13
shannon13

300 for an ounce or 9,500 for a pound???    I'll just take 16 ounces please here is my 4,800 bucks


shannon13
shannon13

300 for an ounce or 9,500 for a pound???    I'll just take 16 ounces please here is my 4,800 bucks

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@skychadde ... 


Rule #1 - Drug Math / Values provided by Cops / DEA is ALWAYS wrong.


Rule #2 - See Rule #1


Rule #3 - Projected Tax Revenue from Legalizing Marijuana is ALWAYS inflated 10x reality by the pro-pot pimps.


Rule #4 - Stoners + Math = Fail!



ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul RACIST! oh happy Friday TPFKAP

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@shannon13 ... $9k - $10k is the current price for pound size purchases of Meth anywhere near the southern border, from California to Arizona to Texas.


Street grams are $50-$70.


The shit's cheap, hence its popularity.




Daniel
Daniel

@shannon13 Yeah, and the initial claim that he made $23k off of 8 kilos means he was letting it go for around three dollars a gram. Never liked meth, think it's evil, but I'm enough of an old head to always crunch the numbers on drug bust stories against my inner intuitive bullshit detector ... this is all over the map.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@shannon13 

I don't want a pound, I want 16 ounces.


Of course, the ounces could have been stepped on and the pound not.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

Donkeypedia.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul ... or they could be using the Fuzzy Math of the G aWol Bush regime's economic policy ... where they lose money on every deal, but make it up on volume.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bvckvs <== had trouble with word problems.


Speaking of problems, did you get those outstanding warrants taken care of?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheRuddSki ... your Donkey Therapy session will be available later this afternoon.



TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

Rule #4 - Stoners + Math = Fail

Bucky famously flunked a junior college math class couple years back, I think you hit a little close to home with this equation.

It's amazing the moderators allow you to taunt him like that.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

Great,

$50 or $70?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TheRuddSki ... it's Free Friday.


But I can't guarantee it'll have a happy ending.



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