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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Illegal Aliens Sentenced for Dealing Meth in Norfolk

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, have been sentenced to prison for 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, 2017, 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. The following day, 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.

Sanchez-Huerta was sentenced to 12 years and four months in prison today. Rodriguez-Vargas was sentenced to 10 years in prison on February 16. Both men will be deported upon completion of their sentences.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting 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 sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis. Assistant U.S. Attorney Darryl J. Mitchell prosecuted 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated April 17, 2018