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Methamphetamine traffickers sentenced to prison Statesville, N.C

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2012

United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District of North Carolina

METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED TO PRISON STATESVILLE, N.C. – On Monday, March 5, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Voorhees sentenced the last two of ten defendants for methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and firearms charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Brock D. Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Atlanta and the Carolinas; Paula Carson, Special Agent in Charge of the Northwestern District Office of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI); Chief Tom Adkins of the Hickory Police Department; Chief Donald G. Brown of the Newton Police Department; and Sheriff Coy Reid of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.


According to the indictments, filed plea agreements and statements made in court, from 2008 to 2010 the defendants were involved in a methamphetamine ring that purchased methamphetamine in Mexico and transported it to the U.S., ultimately distributing the methamphetamine in Catawba County and elsewhere throughout the Western District. Law enforcement officers dismantled the Mexican-supplied methamphetamine trafficking and money laundering organization, and seized 9 pounds of 97% pure methamphetamine at the Mexico-Texas border. Several firearms and approximately $1,140,000 in U.S. currency were also seized during the investigation.


The following defendants have pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy:
Hector Lopez-Gutierrez, 36, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on February 16, 2011, and was sentenced to 210 months in prison plus five years of supervised release on March 5, 2012.
Tomas Chavez Garcia, 37, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on September 30, 2010, and was sentenced to 162 months in prison plus five years of supervised release on December 13, 2011. He also pleaded guilty to a related charge of money laundering conspiracy.
Alfonso Garcia-Martinez, a/k/a “Poncho,” 39, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on October 26, 2010, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison plus five years of supervised release on October 5, 2011. He also pleaded guilty to a related charge of money laundering conspiracy.
Leonides Soto, 47, of Mexico, pleaded guilty on February 14, 2011, and was sentenced to 87 months in prison plus five years of supervised release on December 13, 2011.
Nuvia Rodriguez-Alvarenga, 39, of Hickory, pleaded guilty on November 22, 2010, and was sentenced to 51 months in prison plus three years of supervised release on October 5, 2011. He also pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for a related money laundering offense.
Shawna Lee Corley, 41, of Hickory, pleaded guilty on September 24, 2010, and was sentenced to 44 months in prison plus four years of supervised release on June 15, 2011. She also pleaded guilty to a related charge of money laundering conspiracy.
Dwayne Adam Setzer, 35, of Conover, pleaded guilty on September 8, 2010, and was sentenced to 36 months in prison plus two years of supervised release on December 12, 2011.
Two additional defendants pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy:
Jose Alfonso Israel Gutierrez Perez, 26, of Mexico. He pleaded guilty on September 30, 2010, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison plus two years of supervised release on December 12, 2011.
Jesus Alberto Lucio, 21, of Laredo, Texas, pleaded guilty on December 16, 2010, and was sentenced to 12 months in prison plus two years of supervised release on July 11, 2011.
One defendant pleaded guilty to a firearm offense in a related indictment:
Daniel Ray Chavez, 30, of Conover, pleaded guilty on September 22, 2010, and was sentenced to 28 months in prison plus three years of supervised release on March 5, 2012.
All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. The investigation was led by ICE-HIS, with the assistance of NC SBI, the Hickory Police Department, the Newton Police Department, and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution was handled for the government by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman.
United States v. Chavez - 5:10-cr-31 United States v. Garcia et al. - 5:10-cr-32

 

 

 

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