A Silver Spring man was sentenced Monday to 11 years in federal prison on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges.
According to federal prosecutors, Mikhnail DelRosario, 28, conspired to distribute from 700 to 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and to commit money laundering.
“We’re not thrilled, but it was much, much, less than what the government asked for,” said Mirriam Z. Seddiq, DelRosario’s attorney.
Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of just more than 13 years, she said.
DelRosario, one of 10 people who have been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in the drug trafficking and money laundering scheme, also will have to serve four years of probation and forfeit more than $1 million believed to be the proceeds of the conspiracies, according to spokesmen from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland.
Prosecutors said in a statement that from March 2011 to December 2012, DelRosario worked with Billymir Mancilla-Brevichet, Chamron Thach and Carlos S. Escobar, distributing marijuana in and around Montgomery County.
Investigators listened to more than 75 wiretapped phone conversations he had with two other alleged drug traffickers regarding drug sales.
Over the course of the time federal officials were investigating him, DelRosario and others received 2- to 4-pound packages of marijuana two or three times a month sent from California by plane, car and mail, according to the statement detailing his sentencing. DelRosario paid from $3,000 to 4,000 per pound for the marijuana.
Seddiq called DelRosario a young man who had fallen under the “allure” of easy money.
According to Seddiq, prosecutors had pressed for DelRosario to be sentenced under a specific statute for criminals with prior drug convictions. She argued against that, saying that one of his two previous convictions was a very minor one, for selling a small amount of marijuana for just $55.
“He’s not this lifetime career criminal — he’s a young guy,” she said, adding that DelRosario had always held a job and helped his family financially.
The alleged traffickers tried to launder their proceeds, according to the release. One of the traffickers spread the money in multiple bank accounts, each below $10,000, the threshold at which banks must report transactions, according to the release.
Mancilla-Brevichet, 28, of Oakland, Calif., was sentenced to 8½ years in prison, and must forfeit more than $200,000. Thach, 30, of Silver Spring, received an eight-year sentence and Escobar, 30, of Arlington, Va., was sentenced to three years for their role in the drug ring.
Six other conspirators pleaded guilty and received four- to 6½-year sentences, according to prosecutors.
John Michael McKenna, Mancilla-Brevichet’s attorney, declined to comment on the sentencing.
Neither Harry D. McKnett, Thach’s attorney, nor Michael E. Lawlor, Escobar’s attorney, could be reached for comment.