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Press Release

Illegal Aliens Plead Guilty to Dealing Meth in Norfolk

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

NORFOLK, Va. – Two illegal aliens, one of whom was previously convicted of an aggravated felony in Arizona and has been deported at least three times, pleaded guilty today to dealing methamphetamine in Norfolk.

According to court documents, Jaime Sanchez-Huerta, aka “Carlos Slim,” 23, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.  Alejandro Rodriguez-Vargas, 34, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and illegal reentry by a deported alien. 

According to court documents, on April 25, Norfolk Police arrested Sanchez-Huerta on his way to a drug deal in Norfolk. Sanchez-Huerta, an illegal alien, was in possession of a loaded .45 caliber pistol. Norfolk Police searched Sanchez-Huerta’s vehicle and hotel room and discovered $4,000 in cash, 4.5 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, digital scales, and a box of .45 caliber ammunition. On April 26, Norfolk Police searched a second hotel room tied to Sanchez-Huerta and discovered Rodriguez-Vargas, another illegal, and 137 grams of “Ice.” Rodriguez-Vargas has been deported at least three times before and he was previously convicted of re-entry by a deported alien subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony in Arizona in 2013.

Both men face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in prison and maximum sentences of life in prison when sentenced on Feb. 16, 2018. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Michael K. Lamonea, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Norfolk, and Larry D. Boone, Chief of Norfolk Police, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Darryl J. Mitchell is prosecuting the case.

ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and the Virginia Beach Police Department provided significant assistance with this investigation.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:17-cr-129.

Contact

Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications
joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov

Updated November 1, 2017

Topic
Drug Trafficking