Man's prison sentence extended after conspiring to deal drugs while in custody

Posted at 3:52 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 15:52:55-04

A man already in custody at the Butler County Jail was given an additional 14-year prison sentence for conspiring to deal drugs.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, 36-year-old Manuel Brijido Burciaga was already in custory on pending federal drug trafficking charges.

Burciaga was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Steve Francis, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Northeast Hamilton County Drug Task Force (DART) and West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog announced the sentence imposed, according to a press release.

According to court documents, Burciaga was in custody in Butler County Jail as he was being prosecuted for trafficking cocaine. He pled guilty to that charge, and received a 60-month sentence in April 2018.

In November 2016, Burciaga and his girlfriend, Yvette Estrella Rodriguez, 29, discussed the distribution of approximately 11 kilograms of methamphetamine. Burciaga arranged for her to connect with an outside contact to obtain the meth and distribute it in southern Ohio and elsewhere. Rodriguez met with an individual in January 2017 to make the deal.

She and her mother, Socorro Rodriguez, 54, were arrested after she delivered five kilograms of meth.

“This case underscores the peril someone faces for continued drug trafficking activity while in custody,” Glassman said. "Although he was initially facing a five-year sentence, Burciaga will now be serving 19 years in federal custody due to his crimes."

Yvette and Socorro Rodriguez have each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and are facing sentences of up to 10 years.