Four sentenced for Houston County drug trafficking operation

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Four men have been sentenced to federal prison for their involvement in a drug trafficking operation in Houston County.

Acting United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart said the most recent sentence was given to Muta Bolden, 36, of Dothan on Wednesday. He will serve 130 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

Bolden and his accomplices were charged after the Drug Enforcement Administration and Dothan Police Department got a tip in February 2019 about cocaine being shipped into Houston County.

Officers saw Bolden meet with Alberto Diaz, 44, and Kenneth Nicholas De La Cerda, 27, of Rio Grande, Texas in Ashford. They then split ways.

Diaz and De La Cerda went to the Flying J Truck Stop, leading an 18-wheeler driven by Pina to another location.

The four reunited at the location, taking around 25 kilograms of cocaine from Pina’s trailer. They were detained shortly after.

All of the suspects pleaded guilty to their crimes. Bolden’s co-defendants face the following sentences:

  • Alberto Diaz, 44, of Rio Grande, Texas — 130 months in prison and five years of supervised release
  • Jesus Pina, Jr., 40, of San Juan, Texas — 108 months in prison and five years of supervised release
  • Kenneth Nicholas De La Cerda, 27, of Rio Grande, Texas — 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release. 

Diaz, Pina, and Bolden had extensive criminal histories. Because of this and the amount of drugs, the federal system gave them harsher sentences.

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