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Douglas Man Sentenced to 70 Months for Liquid Methamphetamine Trafficking

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

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Monday, Rey Moreno-Vasquez, 52, of Douglas, Arizona, was sentenced by United States District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 70 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Moreno-Vasquez previously pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. 

In March 2017, law enforcement officers seized a load of liquid methamphetamine that was hidden in 52 sealed beverage bottles that were being transported in a vehicle in the southeastern United States. Investigators later learned that Moreno-Vasquez was involved in a conspiracy to traffic liquid methamphetamine from Mexico into the United States. The investigation led to a second seizure in Arizona in August 2017, in which the liquid methamphetamine was being smuggled in a recreational vehicle destined for Atlanta, Georgia. The liquid methamphetamine was hidden in bottles labeled as iced tea, juice, and ginger ale. The total amount seized by law enforcement was approximately 234 kilograms.  

Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stefani K. Hepford and Ashley Culver, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.


CASE NUMBER:           CR-18-00549-TUC-CKJ (LAB)
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-130_Moreno-Vasquez


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Updated August 4, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2022-130_Moreno-Vasquez