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210 months in federal prison for methamphetamine distribution conviction

(AMARILLO, Texas) - Eduardo Gutierrez-Zamora, 31, of Amarillo, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 210 months in federal prison on a methamphetamine distribution conviction, announced Special Agent-in-Charge Clyde E. Shelley, Jr. of the Dallas Division of the DEA and Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Gutierrez-Zamora pled guilty in June 2017 to one count of conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. He has been in custody since January 8, 2017 on a related criminal complaint. Gutierrez-Zamora was in the United States illegally at the time of the offense and will be deported after serving his sentence.

According to the plea agreement factual resume filed in the case, on January 7, 2017, the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) received information from the Arizona state police that they stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and the narcotic detection canine alerted to the vehicle. The trooper located eight bundles of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle. Arizona officers informed TXDPS that the driver was willing to cooperate with law enforcement and deliver the methamphetamine to the intended recipient, Gutierrez-Zamora, in Amarillo, Texas.

The driver called Gutierrez-Zamora and was instructed to deliver the methamphetamine to Gutierrez-Zamora at his residence. Once the delivery was made, agents executed a search warrant at the residence and located the methamphetamine delivered and additional narcotics.

The DEA, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and TXDPS investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Frausto prosecuted.    

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