Drug Enforcement Administration

Dallas

Clyde E. Shelley, Jr., Special Agent in Charge

April 15, 2018

Contact: SA Kevin Manning

Phone Number: (214) 366-6900

Dallas Man Sentenced To Life For Methamphetamine Trafficking

FT. WORTH, Texas - Arnoldo Morfin-Arias, aka “Efrain Arias” and “Pollo,” 44, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to Life in federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2017 to one count of conspiring to traffic in methamphetamine, announced Special Agent-in-Charge Clyde E. Shelley, Jr. of the DEA and U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Morfin-Arias was charged in a superseding indictment in October 2017 along with six others for their roles in a methamphetamine conspiracy. Twenty-two others have also been charged in different indictments and information in connection with Morfin-Arias for trafficking in methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and for money laundering. Morfin-Arias operated in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and elsewhere in the United States and has been in custody since the time of his arrest in California in August 2017.

Documents filed in the cases reveal that since at least early 2015, Morfin-Arias received large amounts of methamphetamine directly from a Mexico-based source of supply. In turn, Arias distributed multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine through multiple Dallas based distributors who have all pled guilty to the conspiracy.

The DEA conducted the investigation with assistance from FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, Arlington Police Department, Fort Worth Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Dallas County Sherriff’s Clean Air Task Force, Grand Prairie Police Department, Denton County Sherriff’s Office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Office of Inspector General, the Texas Department of Public Safety, ICE ERO, and Tarrant County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith prosecuted.

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