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Amarillo Man Convicted on Drugs, Firearms Charges: Faces Life in Prison

AUG 25 (AMARILLO, Texas) - Following a four-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, a federal jury has convicted Moises Jimenez, 39, on felony drug and firearm offenses, announced Special Agent-in-Charge Clyde E. Shelley, Jr. of the DEA and U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Jimenez was convicted yesterday on one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Jimenez faces a mandatory sentence of life in federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled for December 4, 2017. 

The government presented evidence at trial that on January 20, 2015, the Amarillo Police Department executed a search warrant at Moises Jimenez’s apartment. A search of the apartment yielded one kilogram of methamphetamine, almost 300 grams of cocaine, a Lorcin, .25 caliber pistol, approximately $22,000 in cash, and drug trafficking paraphernalia.  During post-arrest interviews with a detective of the Amarillo Police Department, Jimenez admitted to possessing the controlled substances and firearm. He also admitted that he had delivered 50 pounds of methamphetamine less than a week before officers executed the search warrant. A search of Jimenez’s cell phones yielded text messages consistent with drug trafficking. Further, recorded telephone calls made by Jimenez while he was in jail corroborated his involvement in drug trafficking.

The DEA and the Amarillo Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell Lorfing and Sean Long prosecuted the case.  

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