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California Man Indicted for Importing More Than 100 Pounds of Methamphetamine From Mexico

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – David Daniel Gallegos, 21, of Pomona, California, was indicted last week on two counts: Importation of Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

The United States alleges that, on March 14, 2023, Gallegos applied for admission into the United States from Mexico via a vehicle lane at the San Luis Port of Entry in San Luis, Arizona. United States Customs and Border Protection officers conducted an inspection that revealed a total of 103 packages hidden within the vehicle’s doors, rear quarter panel, and center console. The total weight of the packages was 104.47 pounds, and they contained a white substance that field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and up to lifetime supervised release.

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Homeland Security Investigations, Yuma Office, is conducting the investigation in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph K. Nwoga, District of Arizona, Yuma, is handling the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-23-00553-DLR
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-055_Gallegos


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Public Affairs
Diana L. Varela
(602) 514-7743

Updated April 18, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2023-055_Gallegos