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Sentencing for April 3 - 9, 2014

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April 10, 2014

Saul Castaneda, 51, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on April 9, 2014, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Castaneda was arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He received 120 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $500.00 fine and a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Jose Mejilla-Pena, aka Bryan Najera-Barraza, 29, of Mexico, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on April 8, 2014, for possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute less than 50 grams of methamphetamine, and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Mejilla-Pena was arrested in Albany County, Wyoming. He received 80 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jamie Sanchez-Marquez, 40, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on April 3, 2014, on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; and one count of use of a telephone facility to facilitate a felony drug offense. Sanchez-Marquez was arrested in Rock Springs. He received 57 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $500.00 fine and a $400.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Seth Michael Pearce, 24, of Gillette, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on April 3, 2014, for conspiracy to possess stolen firearms. Pearce was
arrested in Gillette, Wyoming. He received 27 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

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