Office of the United States Attorney, Ann Birmingham Scheel
District of Arizona
May 3, 2012
Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison
TUCSON, Ariz. – On April 26, 2012, Oscar Ivan Valdes-Espinosa, 37, of Avondale, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David C. Bury to ten years in federal prison. Valdes-Espinosa pleaded guilty on Feb. 16, 2012, to possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine.
According to the plea agreement, on March 23, 2011, federal search and arrest warrants were served on Valdes-Espinosa at his residence in Avondale. During the search, federal agents located 2.45 pounds of heroin and 385 grams of methamphetamine in a shoe box kept inside a laundry basket. During the guilty plea proceeding, Valdes-Espinosa admitted that he was going to distribute the narcotics to Las Vegas, Nev.
The investigation in this case was conducted by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, Nogales Police Department, Phoenix Police Department and Avondale Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony E. Maingot, District of Arizona, Tucson.
CASE NUMBER: CR-11-1354-TUC-DCB
RELEASE NUMBER: 2012-109(Valdes-Espinosa)
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