News Release
January 6, 2010
Contact: Will Taylor
Number: 312-886-2597

Conviction of Mexican National for Distribution of Methamphetamine Leads to 15 Year Sentence

JAN 6 -- (Indianapolis)  Alonso Palmero, 30, Oaxaca, Mexico, was sentenced to 180 months (15 years) in federal prison on January 5, 2010 by U.S. Circuit Court Judge (sitting by designation) David F. Hamilton subsequent to Palmero’s guilty plea to distribution of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The six-month long, multi-agency investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of Palmero was conducted by the Indianapolis Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Palmero was arrested in October of 2008 after he sold a confidential informant, who was working at the direction of law enforcement, nearly one kilogram of methamphetamine. One kilogram is equal to 2.2 pounds.  When Palmero was arrested, a search warrant was executed at his residence, located on Garden Grove Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a result of the search, law enforcement seized an additional 2.6 kilograms of methamphetamine, $313,825.00 in United States currency, three high-end automobiles, a motorcycle, four large screen televisions, and miscellaneous computer equipment.  Palmero was responsible for distributing over five kilograms of methamphetamine in the Indianapolis area from May through October of 2008.  Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug with potent central nervous system stimulant properties.  Methamphetamine is produced in clandestine laboratories throughout the United States, as well as illegally produced and imported from Mexico.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry D. Glickman, who prosecuted the case for the government, Circuit Judge Hamilton also imposed five years of supervised release following Palmero’s release from prison.  Palmero is subject to deportation to Mexico upon completion of his prison sentence.