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Sentencing Due for Supervisor of Pizza-Style Heroin Delivery Ring

The operation used a fleet of cars and a staff of drivers to make rapid deliveries of heroin and cocaine

The supervisor of a pizza-style drug distribution ring that operated out of Van Nuys and used a fleet of cars and a staff of drivers to make rapid deliveries of heroin and cocaine is expected to be sentenced to federal prison Monday.

Adrian "Toro" Munoz-Garcia, 25, of Buena Park pleaded guilty last year to a single felony count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. He faces a prison term of no less than 10 years when sentenced in downtown Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Munoz-Garcia was among seven people arrested in December 2017 in connection with a 14-defendant indictment targeting so-called Manny's Delivery Service, which had reportedly operated in the San Fernando Valley for years.

While the service sold small quantities to telephone customers, conspirators sold larger quantities to other dealers as part of a high-volume drug ring, court papers show.

During a two-month period that began in summer 2017, members of the ring obtained multi-pound quantities of black-tar heroin from Mexico and moved hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, according to secretly recorded conversations outlined in the indictment. Bulk narcotics were stored in a stash house, and smaller quantities of drugs were packaged and dispatched to addicts from a Van Nuys facility.

Authorities seized about 14 pounds of heroin, more than a pound of cocaine and a significant amount of cash during the takedown two years ago, federal prosecutors said.

Sigifredo Gurrola Barrientos, 41, of Sylmar who managed the operation and oversaw the movement of narcotics and the delivery fleet, pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. As his second-in-command, Munoz-Garcia managed, supervised and disciplined the drivers.

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