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NDTX Round-Up October 22, 2019

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

GUILTY PLEA – Neftali Abonza

On October 15, Neftali Abonza, 30, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Abonza and his codefendants were involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in both Texas and Florida. The coconspirators would smuggle cash in bulk and use bank funnel accounts to profit from the proceeds. Abonza was arrested when attempting to deliver two kilograms of methamphetamine. He faces up to 20 years in federal custody. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is prosecuted by AUSA Myra Boehm.

 

SENTENCING – Aldo Villanueva

On October 16, Aldo Villanueva, 31, was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in federal custody for using a communication facility to facilitate a drug felony. Villanueva pled guilty to using a cell phone to coordinate the sale of cocaine in Dallas. He used coded communications with his coconspirators to negotiate drug prices and quantities. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration – Strike Force One and was prosecuted by AUSA John Kull.

 

GUILTY PLEA – Celso Alfonso Morales-Reyes

On October 15, Celso Alfonso Morales-Reyes, 25, pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Morales-Reyes was pulled over for a traffic violation and arrested for failure to have a driver’s license. Dallas Police Department officers searched his car, and found a kilogram of heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency Strike Force later searched his home with the consent of his paramour, who was sharing the apartment, and found additional kilograms of methamphetamine and heroin. Morales-Reyes faces up to 20 years in federal custody. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is prosecuted by AUSA Myria Boehm.

 

GUILTY PLEA – Garibaldi Gutierrez Solorio

On October 17, Garibaldi Gutierrez Solorio, 25, pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute heroin. In June 2019, federal agents executed a search warrant of a residence, where they found 3 kilograms of heroin, 3 pounds of marijuana, and detained Gutierrez. The defendant told agents that he was instructed to store and deliver the heroin at the instruction of a subject in Mexico. Gutierrez faces up to 20 years in federal custody. This case was investigated by ­­­­­­­­­­­the Drug Enforcement Administration and is prosecuted by AUSA Suzanna Etessam.

 

SENTENCING – Levar Charles Walker

On October 17, Levar Charles Walker, 40, was sentenced to 3 years in federal custody for the crime of using a communications facility to facilitate a drug felony. Walker used a cell phone to communicate with his codefendant and a Drug Enforcement Administration cooperating defendant to discuss the distribution of a half-kilogram of cocaine. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and was prosecuted by AUSA Suzanna Etessam.

Contact

Erin Dooley, Public Affairs Officer
214-659-8707
erin.dooley@usdoj.gov

Updated October 22, 2019