Amarillo Man Sentenced to 135 Months in Federal Prison for Running a Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy
AMARILLO, Texas — Adrian Garcia Baeza, 32, of Amarillo, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to 135 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in January 2012 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. The Court also ordered forfeiture of Baeza’s interest in a residence located at 9305 Orry Avenue, Amarillo, Texas. Baeza has been in federal custody since his arrest in late November 2011 on a federal felony criminal complaint.
The investigation involved numerous undercover purchases involving large quantities of methamphetamine and large sums of cash. In conjunction with the arrests of Baeza and his two co-defendants, Jose Luis Pando, 34, and Valentin Roman Sanchez, 29, also of Amarillo, two search warrants were executed and law enforcement seized approximately $147,000 in U.S. currency located in an after-market concealed compartment in a jeep Commander registered to Pando. An additional $25,865 in currency was found in Baeza’s residence.
Pando and Garza, who have been in custody since their arrests in November 2011, have each pleaded guilty to the same offense. Their sentencing dates have not yet been set.
The investigation was led by the FBI and DEA with assistance from the Amarillo Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Vicki Lamberson was in charge of the prosecution.
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