Two brothers have been convicted for their role in their father’s drug organization in Richland County. Twenty-year-old Martin Mendez of Smyrna, Georgia and 32-year-old Elver Diaz-Vega of Atlanta were convicted by a federal jury in Columbia for conspiracy to distribute kilograms of cocaine and crack in South Carolina.
The two also were convicted on weapons charges. The men will be sentenced later this summer. They face minimum sentences of 20 years, and up to life in prison.
They are sons of Juan Mendoza, who was sentenced last year to 30 years imprisonment for leading the drug trafficking organization, which bought and sold more than 100 kilograms of cocaine since 2002. More than 20 firearms were seized from the operation and $600,000 in cash.