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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dallas Man Sentenced to 151 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

DALLAS — Juan Vargas-Camacho, a/k/a “Ballecito,” 47, of Dallas, was sentenced yesterday afternoon by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 151 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in April 2016 to one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, during the course of the investigation, law enforcement intercepted numerous communications between Vargas-Camacho and others who were distributing methamphetamine.  Vargas-Camacho’s supply source was co-defendant Aduato Olvera, 34, of Garland, Texas.  On several occasions Olvera delivered large quantities of methamphetamine to Vargas-Camacho, and in November 2014, law enforcement stopped Vargas-Camacho after he left Olvera’s business and seized 486.3 grams of methamphetamine from a black bag on the passenger side floorboard.

To date, Judge Lynn has sentenced six of the 41 defendants charged in the conspiracy:   Juan Aleman-Escamilla, 31, of Dallas, was sentenced to 168 months; Raul Torrres Zamora, 28, of Dallas, was sentenced to 63 months; Luis Lopez-Cruz, 33, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to 78 months; and Jose Montes, Jr., 22, of Dallas, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison.  Each pleaded guilty to their role in the methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that began operating in north Texas in approximately May 2014.

Most of the remaining defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.  One is  set for trial on November 8, 2016.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Dallas Police Department. 

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated September 22, 2016