KIMBERLY, Wis. (WFRV) – The former owner of Mr. Taco and Savor Food & Spirits has been sentenced to prison for being the leader of a local drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine throughout the Fox Valley area.
Authorities say Luis Morales, 41, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for his involvement in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy. Morales was the former owner of Mr. Taco and Savor Food & Spirits.
Court documents portrayed Morales as the leader of a local drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine throughout the Fox Valley area. This would have happened from 2014 to 2020.
Morales allegedly traveled to Chicago to obtain “large” quantities of cocaine. He also visited Mexico and Colombia.
Officials say Mr. Taco’s location in Kimberly was often used to distribute and accept payments for cocaine.
Morales was arrested following a traffic stop on Highway 41 to Fond du Lac back in Dec. 2020. Two kilograms of cocaine were found in the back seat of the vehicle. An additional eleven kilograms and approximately $80,000 were found at Morale’s supply source in Chicago.
Guns, cash, and more cocaine were found in various residences and all of Morale’s restaurants. Morales allegedly had direct ties and confirmed contacts with Cartel Jalisco New Generation (“CJNG”) which is a violent Mexican cartel.
After his prison sentence, Morales will have ten years of probation. The sentencing judge also ordered a monetary judgment of forfeiture in the amount of $150,000 in addition to the estimated $145,000 that had already been seized and forfeited.
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