Oakland Man Is Newest Excessive-Degree Tenderloin Drug Seller to Get Federal Sentence

Oakland Man Is Newest Excessive-Degree Tenderloin Drug Seller to Get Federal Sentence

The feds proceed to convict and put away drug sellers at numerous ranges of the meals chain who labored the streets of San Francisco’s Tenderloin. And whereas others seemingly rapidly moved in to interchange them, that is maybe taking some fentanyl off the streets?

Three years in the past, then U.S. Lawyer David Anderson introduced a plan for a prosecutorial sweep throughout the Tenderloin — and primarily based on headlines, current arrests, and Mayor London Breed’s emergency declaration of seven months in the past, we are able to all choose for ourselves how a lot of an impression that had.

“The Tenderloin has change into a magnet for retail drug trafficking to a unprecedented diploma,” Anderson stated in August 2019. “It’s my perception that these folks dwelling, working and visiting the Tenderloin neighborhood shouldn’t be required to run a gauntlet of crime.”

The hassle, involving 15 businesses, was dubbed the “Federal Initiative for the Tenderloin,” and Anderson stated it will focus solely sellers trafficking in giant quantities of cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, and meth, and that it will final one yr. In Could of 2019, the Chronicle’s Phil Matier spoke to prosecutors and the SFPD and wrote about how most Tenderloin drug dealing was “managed by two gangs.”

One of many high-level sellers/crew leaders whom DEA brokers arrested as a part of that effort, 27-year-old Andy Manuel Reanos-Moreno, didn’t find yourself pleading responsible to federal drug trafficking costs till November 2021. And because the Division of Justice introduced Tuesday, Reanos-Moreno has now been sentenced to 6 years in jail.

As a part of his plea, Reanos-Moreno admitted to operating his crew of “redistributors” between “a minimum of January 15, 2019, to July 31, 2019,” and he stated his sellers have been anticipated to buy medicine for resale from him solely. Prosecutors say that Reanos-Moreno “used undocumented street-level sellers and used his information of immigration legal guidelines to threaten sellers who didn’t promote sufficient narcotics for the group.”

Reanos-Moreno admitted to offering housing for his crew of sellers, and utilizing their employment and housing as leverage to get them to promote extra medicine.

The federal government’s sentencing memorandum for Reanos-Moreno says he “used his authorized immigration standing, his information of actual property within the space, and his means to pay upfront prices reminiscent of deposits on flats as a way of each attractive street-level sellers to work for his group after which holding their toes to the hearth to make sure that they offered sufficient medicine or else they might lose their housing or face potential authorized jeopardy.”

Along with the six-year sentence, Choose Charles R. Breyer additionally ordered Reanos-Moreno to serve 4 years of supervised launch, and to forfeit over $25,000 that was seized from his house on the time of arrest three years in the past. Reanos-Moreno has been in custody since that point, so presumably with time served, he’ll be jailed an extra three years.

Information about a number of Tenderloin drug figures and their sentences, a few of them caught up in that 2019 sweep by federal businesses and others arrested since then, has been coming from the DoJ for a few months. Simply final week, we realized that 33-year-old Emil Arriola Melendez of South San Francisco had been sentenced to 4 years in federal jail for distributing fentanyl. This was after federal prosecutors linked his gross sales of fentanyl within the Tenderloin to a vendor who offered deadly doses of fentanyl to a few individuals who died in Trinity County in August of final yr.

A considerably lower-level vendor, 26-year-old Jose Alvarado, was busted by undercover federal brokers earlier this yr for promoting over 40 grams of fentanyl and eight grams of meth in a number of transactions within the Tenderloin.

Final fall, eight people have been charged with conspiracy by the feds, “every in reference to the actions of one in every of two drug trafficking organizations which might be alleged to have equipped the Tenderloin district of San Francisco with copious quantities of narcotics.”

Picture: Darwin Bell

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