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Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Daniel Comeaux, Special Agent in Charge

February 13, 2020

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7994

Mexican National sentenced to 9 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Tehama County

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Miguel Alvarez Cervantes, 55, a Mexican national living in Los Molinos, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley, to nine years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux announced.

Cervantes pleaded guilty in July 2019. According to court records, federal agents began investigating Cervantes and co-defendant Maria Cervantes-Echevarria, in 2017 for suspected methamphetamine trafficking in Shasta and Tehama Counties. In August and September 2018, an undercover agent purchased over three pounds of methamphetamine from Cervantes during three controlled buys. In addition, when law enforcement executed a search warrant at Cervantes-Echevarria’s and co-defendant Marta Jiminez Lopez’s home in September 2018, they seized over 34 pounds of methamphetamine, three pounds of heroin, three firearms, and over $44,000 in cash.

Cervantes-Echevarria and Lopez, both Mexican nationals living in Los Molinos, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. They are scheduled to be sentenced in March 2020.

This case is the product of an investigation by the DEA, the Bureau of Land Management, the Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement (TIDE) task force, and the Siskiyou Unified Major Investigations Team (SUMIT), with special assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy H. Delgado is prosecuting the case.

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