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A drug dealer who advertised narcotics on Instagram and Telegram was sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison yesterday, North Texas District Attorney Prerak Shah said.

Ricardo Rosas Garcia, the 24-year-old leader of an Irving drug network, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy with intent to distribute controlled substances and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced Thursday to 235 months in federal prison by US District Judge Jane J. Boyle.

According to advocacy documents, Rosas admitted that his organization used the social media pseudonyms “Ricky Rosas”, “rickyrosastv3” and “rickyrosastc6” to sell controlled substances and firearms.

After receiving numerous complaints from high schools in the Irving area, the Irving Police Department identified Mr. Rosas and made 14 secret purchases of cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, TCH and other drugs. announced on his account, including one from Mr. Rosas himself. They also negotiated with Mr. Rosas to purchase a black .40 caliber Beretta handgun, which an associate delivered to an undercover agent.

Mr Rosas was arrested on August 1, 2020, with a two-tone green and black Glock in his pocket. After his arrest, he made numerous phone calls to accomplices, providing them with the passwords for his account to continue advertising and selling illegal drugs.

Three of Mr. Rosas’ accomplices also pleaded guilty:

  • Anthony Isaac Ventura, 20, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to possess with intent to contribute to controlled substances and was sentenced in August to 57 months in federal prison.
  • Addiel Isaias Portillo, 25, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to possess with intent to contribute to controlled substances and was sentenced yesterday to 36 months in federal prison.
  • Uziel Hernandez, 26, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to possess with intent to contribute to controlled substances. His sentencing hearing has been set for October 7.

During sentencing, prosecutors presented evidence that this group had been linked to violent crimes in Irving and was involved in illegal gun sales. They also knowingly employed several minors as young as 15 to sell them drugs in the metroplex and put lives in danger by posting on social media the names of people they believed to be cooperating with the government.

Irving Police detectives testified at sentencing about the negative impact Mr. Rosas and his accomplices had on the community and the significance of these arrests to the citizens of Irving.

The Irving Police Department conducted the investigation with assistance from the Dallas Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Assistant US Attorney Myria Boehm continued the case.

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