Lawrenceville man sentenced on drug charges

ATLANTA -- A Lawrenceville man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug charges in September.

Miguel Segura-Farfan, 36, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and illegal re-entry by a previously deported alien.

Segura-Farfan's two co-defendants, Juan Campos-Reyes, of Newnan, and Porfirio Ayala-Castaneda, of Riverdale, were sentenced to 20 years and 15 years, respectively.

According to reports, the men were part of a drug trafficking organization that distributed hundreds of kilos of cocaine, along with "significant quantities" of marijuana and methamphetamine, in several southern states -- including Georgia -- and California and Washington.

Authorities said Segura-Farfan and Campos were Georgia's "cell" heads, while Ayala was the group's largest distributor in metro Atlanta.

Segura-Farfan's Lawrenceville home, agents said, was the processing, packaging and shipment hub for drug money and firearms that were shipped to Mexico in hidden compartments inside automobiles.

The men were arrested in August 2008 after a confidential informant tipped investigators off, reports said.

Acting United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the sentences are a prime example of the coordinated and untiring efforts of law enforcement to bring drug dealers to justice.

"We are satisfied that these leaders of the narcotics trade will now serve lengthy sentences in federal prison," she said.

The case was prosecuted by Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Jane Wilcox Swift, who is assigned to the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the U.S. Attorney's Office.