Federal Grand Jury Indicts Three in Methamphetamine
JUL 16 -- United States Attorney John E. Murphy and Zoran B. Yankovich , Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration–Houston Division, announced the indictment and arrests of 56-year-old Adan Montalvo of Lamont, California, and 48-year-old Linda Salazar and 35-year-old Lisa Hart Delacruz, both of Austin, in connection with a methamphetamine distribution operation in the Canyon Lake, Texas, area.
The indictment–returned on July 7, 2010 by a federal grand jury in San Antonio and unsealed early today–charges the defendants with one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Upon conviction, each defendant faces between 10 years and life in federal prison and a maximum $4 million fine.
The indictment alleges that between January 1, 2009 and January 20, 2010, the defendants conspired to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Authorities believe that during the time of the conspiracy, Montalvo (a.k.a. Juan Pablo Huggins Couvertier) traveled to Canyon Lake area to distribute methamphetamine as well as provided methamphetamine to Salazar and Delacruz for distribution.
Yesterday, authorities apprehended the defendants-Montalvo near Bakersfield, California; Salazar and Delacruz in Austin, Texas. All three remain in federal custody pending detention hearings.
This case is being investigated by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration together with the Comal County Narcotics Task Force and the Bakersfield (CA) Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David Shearer is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.
An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.