Leader of Chester Co. drug ring sentenced (PHOTOS)

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Authorities say Salvador Lemus was at the helm of a major Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Mario Hernandez-Garcia was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Francisco Lemus was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Jovita Lemus was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Vivian Lemus was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Victorino Lemus-Galindo was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Vicente Garcia-Guzman was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Rogelio Leon was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Ralph Arroyo was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Rafael Gonzalez was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Nicholas Altman was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Luis Martinez-Leon was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Kevin Macias was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Josh Avila was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Jose-Soto Cintron was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Jose Lemus-Guzman was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Jose Calderon-Zavala was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Jose Bedolla-Avila was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Jesus Lopez-Torres was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Jesus Juarez-Hernandez was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Jamie Avalos was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Federico Magana-Luna was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Ernesto Fragoso was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Efren Gomez-Guerra was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Christian Lopez was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Antonio Espindola-Severiano was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
Alvaro Guzman Tenorio was among 44 arrested in connection with an alleged Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.
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Authorities say Salvador Lemus was at the helm of a major Mexican drug cartel operation in Chester County.

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (WPVI) -- The leader of a drug ring operating in Chester County learned his fate on Thursday.

Salvador Lemus, 67, who previously pleaded guilty to drug and conspiracy charges, was sentenced to 332 to 664 months in prison.

"The Commonwealth believes Judge MacElree's sentence was fair and just, based on the totality of the defendant's extensive crimes," said Asst. District Attorney Kevin Pierce.

Lemus was among the dozens of people who were arrested back in May, 2014.

Prosecutors at the time said the Mexican drug cartel was operating in the county, and that members of the drug operation managed to blend in with the Hispanic community in the area.

Local, state, and federal authorities began their investigation a year prior.

They said Lemus had direct ties to the La Familia drug cartel in Mexico and that he was a major supplier of cocaine in our area.

Investigators say Lemus used a Maryland landscaping business and other enterprises to launder and hide his drug proceeds. The drug empire stretched to Chicago, Charlotte, Houston, and Phoenix.