A green card holder, Jose Ramon Cebreros-Sanchez, from Mexico, was sentenced to 360 months in prison, on Dec. 3, 2018. On July 17, 2018, Cebreros-Sanchez was found guilty at trial of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana.
In 2016, Cebreros-Sanchez obtained methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexican cartel members and, with Taiwan Huckaby, then sold the drugs in South Phoenix. Huckaby grew up in South Phoenix and was familiar with people in the area looking for drugs. On Aug. 25, 2016, Huckaby and another person were murdered during an attempted “drug rip” at a South Phoenix residence. Homicide charges were filed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
In addition to Cebreros-Sanchez, 12 others were charged with drug and firearm-related crimes as part of this investigation: Dondre Peart, Christopher Gray, Shanique Blair, Markie Manning, Anthony Harrison, John Harris, Jr., Jeffrey Moore, Ray Box, Jr., Jerry Cockhearn, Sr., Daniel Fulton, Benjamin Littles, and Dedrick Woods. With the exception of Blair, all have pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial and sentenced. Blair remains a fugitive at this time.