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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Amarillo Men Sentenced to Lengthy Federal Prison Sentences for Trafficking Large Quantity of Liquid Methamphetamine

AMARILLO, Texas — Two Amarillo, Texas, men, who admitted trafficking a large quantity of liquid methamphetamine, have been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to lengthy federal prison terms, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Today, Damian Erik Alcala, 37, was sentenced to 324 months in federal prison to run consecutively to the 37-month sentence he received for his supervised release revocation.  In mid- December 2105, Richard Madrigal, 42, was sentenced to 262 months in federal prison to run consecutively to the 12-month sentence he received for his supervised release revocation.  Each defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Both have been in federal custody since their arrest last summer on a related federal criminal complaint. 

According to documents filed in the case, law enforcement learned that a green Chevy Blazer, with Chihuahua registration, was to arrive in Amarillo from El Paso, Texas, and that the vehicle was transporting a methamphetamine solution concealed in its fuel tank.  On July 17, 2015, law enforcement observed Alcala, driving a white Toyota Camry, and Madrigal, driving a green Chevy Blazer, arrive at a residence on Houston Street in Amarillo.  Shortly thereafter, both left the residence in the white Camry.  Several minutes later, they returned to the residence and Madrigal left in the white Camry.  When officers with the Amarillo Police Department arrived to secure the residence, Alcala fled on foot.  Officers with the Amarillo Police Department apprehended Madrigal and brought him back to the residence.

During the subsequent execution of a search warrant at the residence, law enforcement found three Tupperware containers containing crystal methamphetamine in the kitchen.  Two semi-automatic pistols were also found in the residence.

When law enforcement searched the green Chevy Blazer that was parked in the garage, they removed its fuel tank and extracted approximately 84 pounds of liquid methamphetamine from the fuel tank.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Amarillo Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Texas Department of Public Safety investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Frausto prosecuted.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated January 19, 2016