News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2007

Illegal Alien Sentenced To 15 Years
- Distributed crystal meth worth over $19,000

DEC 12-- PADUCAH, KY - Pedro Jarquin, age 26, an illegal alien and citizen of Mexico, who was residing at 512 North 15 th Street, Mayfield, Kentucky (Graves County) was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in United States District Court, Paducah, Kentucky, for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today. Thomas B. Russell, Judge, United States District Court, also sentenced Jarquin to five years supervised release following incarceration. There is no parole in the federal judicial system. In addition, as Jarquin is an illegal alien and citizen of Mexico, he will be subject to deportation upon release from prison.

Jarquin had plead guilty to conspiring with codefendant Jaime Ortiz to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine in McCracken and Graves Counties and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking. The crystal methamphetamine recovered by law enforcement in this case has a street value of over $19,400.00.

This case was the result of a cooperative effort between McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, Mayfield Police Department, the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, the Kentucky State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. On February 11, 2007, acting on information from the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force and Mayfield Police Department executed a search warrant at Jarquin’s residence in Mayfield, Kentucky. Law enforcement recovered 133.9 grams of crystal methamphetamine, digital scales, packaging materials for drug distribution, a loaded Browning .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, and $22,000 in U.S. currency. Jarquin admitted during his change of plea that he possessed the methamphetamine for distribution and that he possessed the loaded .25 caliber handgun to protect his drugs and money.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele Thielhorn, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Kentucky State Police, the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, and the Mayfield Police Department.

Co-defendant Jaime Ortiz is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Russell on

February 12, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. in Paducah, Kentucky.

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