Last Defendant Sentenced In Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy
DALLAS - Alfonso Mercado-Cruz, 32, of Chiapas, Mexico, was sentenced yesterday before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 151 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in January 2017 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, announced Special Agent in Charge Clyde E. Shelley, Jr. of the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Co-defendants Raul Garibay, 25, Gerardo Galvan, 28, and Fernando Mora-Martinez, 43, also pleaded guilty to their role in the conspiracy and were previously sentenced.
According to plea documents filed in Mercado-Cruz’s case, from January l, 2016 through May 19, 2016, Mercado-Cruz, along with Galvan, Garibay and Mora-Martinez conspired to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The defendants used a trailer house, equipped with only a stove, in Grand Prairie, Texas, to cook and prepare methamphetamine for distribution.
A search of the trailer house revealed approximately four kilograms of methamphetamine in liquid, powder, and crystal form in various stages of processing.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Lewisville Police Department, Grand Prairie Police Department, and the Dallas Police Department investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney George Leal is in charge of the prosecution.