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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 19, 2016

Hunt County Man Sentenced to 262 Months in Federal Prison on Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

DALLAS — Adrian Sanchez, 40, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 262 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in March 2016 to an Information charging one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

In addition, Judge Godbey ordered that Sanchez forfeit his residence on Perry Drive in West Tawakoni, Texas, as well as seven firearms that were seized by the government when they executed search warrants at his home and at a storage unit he rented.  Law enforcement found methamphetamine, drug ledgers, drug paraphernalia and firearms at both locations.  Sanchez has been in custody since his arrest on January 21, 2016, on a related federal criminal complaint.  He is subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence.

According to documents filed in the case, Sanchez admitted that from approximately 2015 until the date of his arrest, he knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute and distributed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  On January 6, 2016, at a Walmart parking lot, Sanchez sold a witness one-fourth kilogram of methamphetamine for $2,250.  Later the same day, Sanchez sold the witness another one-fourth kilogram of methamphetamine for the same price.  Then, approximately two weeks later, after leaving his residence and then stopping at the storage unit he rented on Plano Road in Dallas, Sanchez met the witness at an AutoZone in Dallas and sold him/her one-half kilogram of methamphetamine for $4,500.

Sanchez advised the witness, according to the complaint filed in the case, that his neighbors were suspicious of his activities because he converted liquid methamphetamine to crystal methamphetamine at his home in West Tawakoni, and he believed they knew about his recrystallization laboratory because of the strong chemical odors associated with the methamphetamine conversion process.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, Rockwall Police Department, Allen Police Department and Garland Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanna Etessam was in charge of the prosecution.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated September 19, 2016