News Release
August 17, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Ramona Sanchez
Number: 602 664-5725

Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 5 Years in
Prison for Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

AUG 17-- PHOENIX– Jesus Amaral-Samaniego, 25, of Mexico, was sentenced on Friday, August 14th by U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake to 60 months in federal prison. He is the final defendant in a conspiracy in which three Mexican citizens pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Possess With the Intent to Distribute Heroin (100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule 1 controlled substance). Co-conspirators Alfonso Valdez-Cota, 24, and Kaven Alfonso Chavez-Aguirre, 25, were sentenced on June 29, 2009, to 60 months in prison.

Based on an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the three defendants were stopped by Glendale Police officers in November 2008. A search of the passenger compartment of their vehicle revealed a firearm concealed in the rear passenger seat area and two firearms in the trunk. Also found in the trunk were 10 small plastic wrapped ball shaped packages containing a total of 251.2 grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of heroin.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Glendale Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Howard D. Sukenic, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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