Big-time drug dealers sentenced in federal court Tuesday

February 25, 2014 

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— Three people responsible for large quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Columbia area were sentenced to long prison terms Tuesday in federal court in Columbia, US attorney Bill Nettles announced.

Ivan B. Moore and his wife Shannon Yvette Moore pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges related to a large cocaine dealing operation in the Midlands. Ivan Moore was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 10 year’s probation for possessing with intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and 280 grams of cocaine base. Shannon Moore was sentenced to 10 years in prison and four year’s probation for possessing 500 grams of cocaine and 28 grams of cocaine base.

Their drug dealing was focused in an area of north Columbia off Farrow Road on Ames Road, Nettles said. The couple travelled as far as California to buy cocaine and crack cocaine for sale in the Columbia area.

Also sentenced Tuesday was Ismael Juarez Delgado who was on the run for three years after being charged in 2009 before being captured in Georgia last year. The 32-year-old Mexican citizen was one of more than 120 defendants charged with drug crimes in 2009 following a series of court-ordered telephone wiretaps in Columbia by the FBI, Nettles said.

Delgado was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison, 10 years probation and to pay a $500,000 judgment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine. Delgado’s brother , Israel Juarez Delgado, is currently serving a 25 year sentence in federal prison on drug charges.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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