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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Amarillo Man Convicted on Drug and Firearm Charges Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison

AMARILLO — Moises Jimenez, 39, of Amarillo, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to life in federal prison.  Jimenez was convicted of felony drug and firearm offenses in August 2017, following a four-day jury trial.  The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox for the Northern District of Texas.

Jimenez was convicted of one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Judge Fitzwater sentenced Jimenez to 240 months for the distribution of cocaine count, 60 months for the possession of a firearm count and life in federal prison without the possibility for parole for the distribution and possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Jimenez has been in custody since the time of his arrest in December 2016.

The government presented evidence at trial that on January 20, 2015, the Amarillo Police Department executed a search warrant at Moises Jimenez’s apartment.  A search of the apartment yielded one kilogram of methamphetamine, almost 300 grams of cocaine, a Lorcin, .25 caliber pistol, approximately $22,000 in cash, and drug trafficking paraphernalia.  During post-arrest interviews with a detective of the Amarillo Police Department, Jimenez admitted to possessing the controlled substances and firearm.  He also admitted that he had delivered 50 pounds of methamphetamine less than a week before officers executed the search warrant.  A search of Jimenez’s cell phones yielded text messages consistent with drug trafficking.  Further, recorded telephone calls made by Jimenez while he was in jail corroborated his involvement in drug trafficking.

The Amarillo Police Department investigated the case with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell Lorfing, Sean Long, and Sean Taylor prosecuted the case.  

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Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600 Lisa.Slimak@usdoj.gov
Updated February 13, 2018