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Mexican National Residing in Valencia County
Sentenced to 135 Months in Federal Prison for
Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Hector Manuel Lopez-Valle, 24, was sentenced yesterday to 135 months in federal prison for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.  Two co-defendants previously were sentenced to federal prison terms.  Adaucto Chavez-Meza, 20, was sentenced last month to 135 months in federal prison for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction, and Jesus Omar Lopez-Valle, 28, was sentenced in June 2013 to 210 months in federal prison for his methamphetamine trafficking and firearms conviction. 

Chavez-Meza, Jesus Lopez-Valle and Hector Manuel Lopez-Valle, all Mexican nationals, were arrested on methamphetamine trafficking charges on March 1, 2012.  At the time, the three men were illegally present in the United States and living in Valencia County, N.M.  They will be deported after completing their prison sentences.

According to court filings, from Feb. 21, 2012 to March 1, 2012, Jesus Lopez-Valle and Hector Lopez-Valle conspired with Chavez-Meza to sell four pounds of methamphetamine to an individual who, unbeknownst to them, was an undercover officer.  The men were arrested in Albuquerque on March 1st, after they displayed more than four pounds of methamphetamine to the undercover officer.  During a post-arrest interview, Chavez-Meza admitted that they intended to sell the methamphetamine to the undercover officer for approximately $60,000.  Jesus Lopez-Valle also admitted that the three men intended to sell the methamphetamine to the undercover officer, and Hector Lopez-Valle admitted to transporting the methamphetamine from Belen to Albuquerque.

Chavez-Meza pleaded guilty on Feb. 25, 2013, to an indictment charging him with conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  Jesus Lopez-Valle and Hector Lopez-Valle each pleaded guilty on March 1, 2013, to a superseding indictment charging them with conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  Jesus Lopez-Valle also pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of firearms.  All three men entered their guilty pleas without the benefit of plea agreements.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Samuel A. Hurtado and Nicholas J. Ganjei and was investigated by the Cross Border Drug Violence Squad of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI and the Las Cruces/Doña Ana County Metro Narcotics Agency.

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