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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 20, 2018

Seven Defendants Sentenced Following Their Admissions to Trafficking Large Quantities of Methamphetamine

LUBBOCK, Texas — Seven defendants charged in an indictment returned in November 2017 were sentenced in recent weeks by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings for their roles in a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in the Lubbock, Texas area, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

The court imposed the following sentences:

            Alejandro Garcia-Izazaga, aka “Flaco” and “Alex” – 365 months

            Anthony Wayne Reiley, aka “Tony” – 235 months

            Ivan Cruz-Martinez – 235 months

            Zacarias Blanco-Olea – 210 months

            Amanda Nicole Marney – 188 months

            Ernesto Martinez, Jr. – 108 months

            Patricia Ann Hernandez-Salas – 87 months

Garcia-Izazaga, Reiley, Cruz-Martinez, and Blanco-Olea have been in custody on related criminal complaints since their arrest in October 2017.  Marney, Martinez, and Hernandez-Salas have been in custody following their arrests in November 2017.

According to plea documents filed in the case, Garcia-Izazaga was facilitating the transportation of pound-quantities of methamphetamine in Lubbock and other major cities in the State of Texas.  On three separate occasions in the summer of 2017, Garcia-Izazaga offered to pay Reiley, Cruz-Martinez, and Blanco-Olea to transport large quantities of methamphetamine from other parts of the state to Lubbock, Texas.  On each occasion, the defendants were stopped by law enforcement for traffic violations.  Searches of the vehicles revealed large amounts of methamphetamine in hidden compartments.

Marney was arrested following a traffic stop in August 2017 where officers found her to be in possession of multiple ounces of methamphetamine and two firearms.   

Martinez, Jr. and Hernandez-Salas each purchased and distributed large quantities of methamphetamine in the Lubbock, Texas area.

In total, law enforcement agents were able to seize in excess of 15 pounds of methamphetamine and several firearms. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Customs and Border Protection, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, the Lubbock Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Long is in charge of the prosecution.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Contact: 
Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600 Lisa.Slimak@usdoj.gov
Updated April 20, 2018