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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Roommates Sentenced to Combined 31 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Crimes

Two roommates have been sentenced to a combined 31 years in federal prison for drug crimes, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah.

Ramon Mendoza-Villegas, 45, and Daniel Sanchez-Mendoza, 28, were indicted in February 2019. Mr. Mendoza-Villegas pleaded guilty in January 2020 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced in December 2020 to 240 months in federal prison. Mr. Sanchez-Mendoza pleaded guilty in January 2020 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 135 months in federal prison.

According to plea papers, during a traffic stop in January 2019, Dallas Police Department officers discovered methamphetamine and heroin in a truck occupied by Mr. Mendoza-Villegas and Mr. Sanchez-Mendoza.

During a subsequent search of the pair’s apartment on Brockbank Drive, law enforcement found and seized heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, and three semi-automatic handguns, including one that was loaded.

Inside a storage unit used by the pair, law enforcement found and seized methamphetamine, heroin, a shotgun, and an assault rifle. (According to a complaint, the drugs were located in the back seat of a stolen vehicle parked inside the storage unit.)  

In total, law enforcement seized almost 6,000 grams of meth and more than 2,500 grams of heroin.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's Dallas Field Division and the Dallas Police Department conducted the investigation with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Requénez prosecuted the case. The men were sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Erin Dooley Public Affairs 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov
Updated February 4, 2021