November 14, 2016
Contact: SA Elaine Cesare
Phone Number: (571) 324-7520
Dallas Methamphetamine Traffickers Sentenced
DALLAS - Two Dallas men who were convicted on methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy charges were sentenced last week by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to lengthy federal prison terms, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Jose Mario Chavez-Bravo, a/k/a “Rafael Lua-Maguna” and “Mickey,” 27, was sentenced to 200 months in federal prison. Rafael Hurtado, a/k/a “Rafi,” and “Ralphie,” was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison. Each pleaded guilty in May 2016 to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Chavez-Bravo admitted that during the conspiracy, he possessed with the intent to distribute and/or distributed at least eight kilograms of methamphetamine. On February 9, 2015, Chavez-Bravo spoke to a male over his cell phone about turning over some drug (“about $300”) to the male. The next day, Chavez met with the male at the Texas Motel on West Davis Street in Dallas and delivered to him a box containing approximately $300,000 in cash drug proceeds. In fact, Chavez-Bravo admitted that during the conspiracy, he collected or delivered a total of $569,305 in drug proceeds.
Hurtado admitted that on several occasions during the conspiracy, he received quantities of methamphetamine from methamphetamine distributor, Tommy Rodriguez, and then distributed the drugs in exchange for payment. In fact, during the conspiracy, Hurtado possessed with the intent to distribute and/or distributed 11 kilograms of methamphetamine.
The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phelesa Guy prosecuted the case.