A Moss Bluff man was sentenced to 98 months in prison for operating a marijuana sales and transport conspiracy between Louisiana and Texas.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley reported 43-year-old Daniel Cantu-Lopez was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

Cantu-Lopez was storing large amounts of marijuana in Houston and distributing it out of his trailer in Moss Bluff. He directed the weed sales from June to September 2013. During that time frame, 923 kilograms of marijuana were seized from the defendant's operation.

The defendants were arrested as part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation “Cajun Gallo.” The DEA, the George West Texas Police Department, and the Houston Police Department participated in this OCDETF investigation. The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.