Butler County man’s sentence extended 14 years for trying to deal drugs in jail

The Butler County Jail located on Hanover Street in Hamilton. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

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The Butler County Jail located on Hanover Street in Hamilton. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

A man in custody of Butler County Jail was given an additional 14-year prison sentence for conspiring to deal drugs while in custody on pending federal drug trafficking charges, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

Manuel Brijido Burciaga, 36, 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 received a 60-month sentence in April 2018 after pleading guilty to that charge.

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.

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

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