Heroin dealers who used code words “taco,” “enchilada” sentenced to prison

The duo ran their drug running operation through the phone with various workers.

Two brothers from Southern California have been sentenced to 24 years each in federal prison for running a heroin-delivery operation.

The brothers used code words like “taco” and “enchilada” to take phone orders from customers.


Driving the news: Julio Cesar Martinez, 45, and Victor Martinez, 46, were sentenced on Monday. 

  • They had previously pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to distribute heroin, acknowledging that they distributed at least 64 pounds in Orange County. 
  • The operation ran from September 2003 to July 2021 and involved smuggling heroin from Mexico into the US by hiding it in couriers’ body cavities.
  • Call centers operated out of workers’ homes, and customers used the names of Mexican foods to place drug orders. 
  • One customer died from a heroin overdose in Orange County in 2016.
  • Other members of the ring deposited money in bank accounts in amounts of $10,000 or less to avoid federal reporting requirements.
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