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Man Indicted Following Seizure of Almost 130 Pounds of Methamphetamine During Traffic Stop

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Rudy Vasquez Cervantes, 20, of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Phoenix on one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

The indictment alleges that, on June 30, 2023, Cervantes was traveling by vehicle when he was stopped by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A subsequent search of his vehicle revealed packages hidden under the floor between the back seat and trunk. The packages tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine and weighed a total of 128.75 pounds.

A conviction for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine 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.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Yuma Office, is conducting the investigation in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Lisa E. Jennis, District of Arizona, Phoenix, is handling the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-23-01113-PHX-DJH
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-120_Cervantes

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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone:  (602) 514-7413

Updated August 4, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2023-120_Cervantes