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U.S. Department of Justice

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper
Northern District of Texas

 

 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA INQUIRIES: KATHY COLVIN
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2008
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METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS
IN FEDERAL PRISON, WITHOUT PAROLE

Operated in San Angelo, Abilene, Fort Worth and Dallas


LUBBOCK, Texas — A leader of a methamphetamine-trafficking organization operating throughout north Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to serve a total of 40 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas. Bobby Ray Diaz, 31, of Santa Anna, Texas, a Mexican Mafia methamphetamine trafficker, was convicted at trial in May on eight counts of a federal indictment charging various drug and firearm offenses.

Specifically, the jury found Diaz guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, one count of receipt of a firearm while under felony indictment, and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Beginning in November 2006, Diaz conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute approximately 52 pounds of methamphetamine. He was arrested on November 30, 2006, with approximately one ounce of methamphetamine in Irving, Texas. On November 12, 2007, Diaz was again arrested after crashing his vehicle into a creek following a high speed police pursuit. Diaz would obtain large quantities of methamphetamine from the Dallas area and transport it back to Brown and Coleman County, Texas for distribution.

Diaz still faces pending state charges for Possession with Intent to Deliver 4-200 grams of Methamphetamine, Possession of 4-200 grams of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Heroin out of Dallas County, Texas.

U.S. Attorney Roper praised the excellent investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Central Texas Interlocal Crime Task Force, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, the Coleman County Sheriff’s Office, the Coleman Police Department, the Irving Police Department, and the Santa Anna Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cody L. Skipper and Jeffrey R. Haag of the Lubbock, Texas, U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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