SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A member of the Mexican Mafia, who arranged methamphetamine purchases and sales from behind bars, was sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison.
Jose Alberto Marquez, also known as "Bat," was convicted in March of conspiracy to distribute meth and possession of the drug with intent to distribute.
According to evidence presented during his four-day trial, Marquez is a documented member of the Mexican Mafia, a prison gang based out of Southern California.
Jurors learned during the trial that the Mexican Mafia uses violence and extortion to exert influence in both state and federal prisons and on the streets.
Marquez, a 51-year-old U.S. citizen, was extradited from Mexico to the United States in January 2007 on other charges, prosecutors said. Several months later, he orchestrated a meth deal from his jail cell involving multiple Mexican Mafia associates, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parmley.
Witnesses testified that Marquez used a telephone at the jail to contact several Mexican Mafia "soldiers" and associates in order to obtain and sell the drug. The calls were recorded.
Witnesses testified that despite the fact that Marquez was in custody, he was able to get people on the outside to follow his orders due to the Mexican Mafia's reputation for violent acts against those who disobeyed.
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