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U.S. Department of Justice


United States Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña
Northern District of Texas

 

 

 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA INQUIRIES: KATHY COLVIN

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2011
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txn/

 

 


 

 

ALLEGED MEMBERS OF A MEXICAN DRUG DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY
PLEAD GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES
ON THE DAY BEFORE THEIR TRIAL WAS TO BEGIN

All Face Up to Life in Prison

DALLAS — Three alleged members of a Mexican drug distribution conspiracy, Isidro Gaona Sanchez, 34, Juan Jose Alegria, 40, and Jesus Esquivel Brambila, 33, each pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. They were scheduled to go to trial this morning on a three-count indictment that charged conspiracy, bribery of a public official and maintaining a drug-involved premise. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

The other defendant named in the indictment, Mario Brambila Alcazar, 28, pleaded guilty to the same offense on November 2, 2011. Each of the defendants faces a statutory sentence of not less than 10 years or more than life in prison and a $10 million fine. Sentencing dates are set for late February and early March, 2012.

According to documents filed in the case, the four defendants, who were all occupants of a rented home on Searcy Drive in Dallas, were involved in a conspiracy in which they cooked methamphetamine in the home, prepared it for distribution and ultimately distributed it. The home’s kitchen was equipped with a digital scale, heat-sealed plastic wrappers and pots used to cook the methamphetamine.

When law enforcement officers entered the house on March 8, 2011, there was a boiling pot of methamphetamine being crystalized, several pounds of cut, more than $12,000 in cash, six additional bags of methamphetamine, 13 cell phones, 24 heat-sealed baggies and residue covering the top of the stove. Law enforcement estimated the value of the methamphetamine at approximately $1 million.

The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Dallas Police Department’s Gang Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon N. McCarthy.

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