Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
Meth trafficker sentenced to prison
Man admits to distributing 30-40 pounds of methamphetamine per month for Mexican Mafia prison gang
A prolific methamphetamine trafficker has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison following his guilty plea on racketeering charges.
Silvano Hernandez Jr., a 40 year-old San Diegan and member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, was one of 36 arrested last year as part of Operation Carnalismo, which targeted the criminal dealings of the gang. So far, 30 of the 36 have been convicted, and of the 14 sentences handed out, Hernandez’s is the lengthiest to date.
Hernandez admitted that he distributed an average of 30-40 pounds of meth per month throughout San Diego County. He was in possession of nearly $150,000 in cash and a 2011 Lincoln sedan valued at another $50,000 at the time of his arrest.