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Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 18, 2018

Dallas Man Sentenced to 235 Months in Federal Prison for His Role in a Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

DALLAS —Juan Mauricio Araujo, Jr., aka “Pelon”, 35, was sentenced on Monday, May 14, 2018, before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Araujo was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in April 2017 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance, said substance being 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Araujo has been in custody since his arrest in September 2016.

Araujo was charged along with twenty-one others with various offenses related to a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.  Of the twenty-one charged, two are awaiting trial. 

According to documents filed in the case, between January 1, 2015 through March 18, 2016, Araujo and his coconspirators conspired to distribute methamphetamine and on several occasions, discussed pick up and drop off plans. 

Specifically, Araujo used coded language to purchase multiple kilograms of methamphetamine so that he could distribute the methamphetamine to other people. Araujo, not being happy about the quality of a kilogram of methamphetamine, provided instruction to have the bad kilogram of methamphetamine swapped out for a better quality. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated, with assistance from the Dallas Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney George Leal prosecuted.    

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Contact: 
Janet Pearre janet.pearre@usdoj.gov 214.659.8600
Updated May 18, 2018