MARTINEZ -- A Fairfield man has been sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for operating a Bay Area methamphetamine ring and the 2004 murders of two drug associates in West Contra Costa County.

Jose Vega-Robles, 38, imported methamphetamine from Mexico in quantities of up to 30 pounds at time and distributed it between Antioch and Santa Rosa before he was caught in 2007, Contra Costa County senior deputy DA Tom Kensok said.

A jury in June convicted Vega-Robles of conspiracy to commit drug sales, two counts of first-degree murder for the 2004 shootings of 39-year-old Darryl Grockett in Crockett and 29-year-old Marcelino Guzman-Mercado in an unincorporated area near Richmond, and gang enhancements. Vega-Robles was prosecuted for the homicides under a conspiracy theory. He was sentenced Friday.

His brother, 33-year-old Sergio Vega-Robles, is awaiting trial on the same charges. Alleged associate Coby Phillips, 38, of San Pablo, is scheduled to go to trial in January on charges in the drug conspiracy and Grockett's killing.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com\malaikafraley.



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