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Meth Distributor Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison

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

TUCSON, Ariz. – Esteban Terrazas, 56, of Tucson, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 87 months in prison. Terrazas pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine on October 27, 2023.

On August 10, 2021, law enforcement officers stopped Terrazas for a traffic violation and found approximately one pound of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun in his possession. Terrazas admitted that he intended to sell the methamphetamine and that he was prohibited from possessing a gun. Terrazas has multiple prior felony convictions, the most recent being for manslaughter, that prohibit him from possessing firearms.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR 21-2360-TUC-JGZ
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-019_Terrazas

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

Updated February 23, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2024-019_Terrazas