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Nov. 14, 2012

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Amarillo Man Detained for Transporting Drugs for Distribution

HOUSTON – Conrad Christopher Riojas, 27, of Amarillo, has been ordered held without bond for conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

According to the criminal complaint filed of record in the case on Nov. 7, 2012, deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Riojas on Interstate Highway 45. After learning he was driving with a suspended license, the deputies obtained consent to search his vehicle, at which time deputies located approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine and nine kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in three of the door panels. 

After a short preliminary hearing today, U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy denied bond for Riojas and ordered he be detained pending further proceedings.    

If convicted, Riojas faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison. 

The case is being investigated by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ted Imperato.

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