An Oakland man was sentenced to six years in federal prison for his role as head of a Bay Area drug trafficking network in which he provided shelters to street vendors operating in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, according to the US Attorney’s Office the Northern District of California.
Andy Manuel Reanos-Moreno, 27, who was arrested in 2019, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances last year. Court documents describe this as a “sophisticated operation” in which Reanos-Moreno supplied dealers with drugs including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
As head of the organization, Reanos-Moreno would source the drugs from Southern California. According to court documents, the housing system was considered the backbone of Reanos-Morenos’ operation. He procured houses and apartments in Oakland, which he rented to street vendors. The drugs would be delivered to homes, then dealers would commute to San Francisco to sell the drugs, according to US Attorney’s Office spokesman Abraham Simmons.
Court documents note that he threatened to evict dealers if they did not produce adequately for the organization. The Oakland man was also responsible for “customer relationship management,” which included near-daily calls from drug dealers to place drug resupply orders.
Reanos-Moreno would use his knowledge of US immigration laws to recruit undocumented street dealers and threaten those who did not sell enough narcotics, the case’s press release said. Dealers were also expected to buy drugs from him only for resale. Regarding his participation, Reanos-Moreno has admitted that the drug operation took place for at least the first seven months of 2019.
The government’s sentencing note states that Reanos-Moreno “used his legal immigration status, knowledge of real estate in the area and ability to pay upfront costs such as housing deposits to entice street vendors to work for his organization and organize.” then sticking their feet in the fire to make sure they sold enough drugs or else they would lose their housing or face potential legal jeopardy.”
This conviction is part of a larger operation, and Simmons says there were other charges related to this case. Reanos-Moreno has been in custody since his arrest in 2019 and will begin his sentence immediately. The court has also sentenced him to four years of supervised release in addition to his six-year sentence and the forfeiture of $25,000 confiscated from his home at the time of his arrest.
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