Drug Enforcement Administration


Douglas W. Coleman, Special Agent in Charge

July 24, 2014

Contact: Erica C. Curry

Phone Number: (602) 664-5609

Drug Trafficker Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

Over 120 pounds of Liquid Methamphetamine found in gas tank

PHOENIX - - On July 23, 2014, Ambrosio Nunez-Lopez, 65, of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbellto 10 years in prison. Nunez-Lopez pleaded guilty on March 18, 2014 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, a felony.

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation into the Nunez-Lopez Drug Trafficking (DTO) took place from Jan. 2012 through May 2012 in Phoenix.  On May 4, 2012, the defendant was charged with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine.  The evidence showed that the DTO imported methamphetamine from Mexico into the United States and transported it to the East Coast for distribution.  After a four-month long investigation, officers conducted a traffic stop of Nunez-Lopez on Interstate 10 East, and searched his truck.  Agents located approximately 120 pounds of methamphetamine in liquid form hidden in one of the dual gas tanks of his truck.        

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tempe Police Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Mesa Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Jonell L. Lucca, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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