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Texas Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Transporting 286 Pounds Of Methampthemine And 60 Pounds Of Fentanyl

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

DETROIT – A Texas man was sentenced today to 14 years in prison after being caught transporting 286 pounds of methamphetamine, 60 pounds of Fentanyl, and 60 pounds of cocaine hidden in a truck carrying a load of wine, announced United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.

Ison was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Orville O. Greene, Drug Enforcement Administration.

Roque Carranza-Alvarado, 28, formerly of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced in federal court in Port Huron by the Hon. Robert H. Cleland, Untied States District Judge.

Carranza-Alvarado had previously pleaded guilty in March 2022 to three counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.  Court records show that Carranza-Alvarado was stopped in his truck by the Michigan State Police and arrested on June 13, 2021, near Marma, Michigan, while headed to the Detroit area. Using a drug-sniffing dog, law enforcement agents discovered and seized 286 pounds of methamphetamine, 60 pounds of a fentanyl analogue, 60 pounds of cocaine, and 800 grams of crack cocaine from the cab of Carranza-Alvarado’s truck. The defendant’s truck was loaded with 1,100 cases of wine from California to be delivered in Roseville, Michigan.  The State Police also seized $11,000 in cash from the defendant.  In total, the drugs from the defendant had a street value of between $3 and $4 million.  

“Fentanyl and methamphetamine are poisoning our communities and killing our citizens.  We will aggressively pursue and prosecute those who are harming our communities with dangerous drugs,” stated U.S. Attorney Dawn N. Ison.

“This defendant was caught transporting a very significant amount of drugs that could have done untold damage to Michigan communities. DEA and our state, local and federal partners, will employ every resource available to hold individuals and organizations, who peddle poisons-for-profit, accountable,” said Special Agent Greene.

This case was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John O’Brien.

Updated September 28, 2022

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