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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 28, 2016

California Man Sentenced To More Than Six Years For Methamphetamine Distribution

Tampa, Florida – United States District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sentenced Saul Muro (32, formerly of Los Angeles, CA) today to six years and six months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess and to distribute methamphetamine. Muro was found guilty in September 2015 following a bench trial.

According to court documents, in February 2013, Muro arrived in Tampa with a female co-defendant to collect the payment for ten pounds of methamphetamine that had previously been delivered, on consignment, by co-defendant Gabriel Lujan-Gaziola to undercover law enforcement officers.  Muro and the female co-defendant took receipt of a sealed metal box that ostensibly contained the $103,000 to pay for the consigned methamphetamine. 

On February 14, 2014, Lujan-Gaxiola was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his role in this case.

This case was investigated by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley Howard-Allen.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated April 28, 2016