Office of the United States Attorney, John S. Leonardo
District of Arizona
December 17, 2013
PHOENIX DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS PRISON
PHOENIX – On Dec. 16, 2013, Ralph C. Moreno, 53, of Phoenix, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver to 300 months (25 years) in prison followed by 10 years supervised release, and a $3000 fine. Judge Silver further ordered forfeiture of Moreno’s interest in a Stoeger .40 caliber handgun, a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle, and $75,366 in U.S. currency. Moreno was found guilty by a federal jury on Sept. 18, 2013, of three felonies - conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and felon in possession of a firearm.
At trial, it was proven that Moreno sold methamphetamine at his Phoenix residence to persons who ultimately intended it to reach associates of the Arizona “Mexican Mafia,” a prison based gang. After a search warrant was obtained for Moreno’s residence, law enforcement found the two firearms listed above and drug proceeds amounting to $75,366 in cash. At the time he committed the offenses, Moreno had two prior state felony convictions for drug trafficking.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Arizona Department of Corrections. The prosecution was handled by Michael Lee and Brian Larson, Assistant U.S. Attorney’s, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR-11-1865-PHX-ROS
RELEASE NUMBER: 2013-097_Moreno
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