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Los Angeles man sentenced to 40 years for drug trafficking in Hardy and Grant Counties

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Cesar Navarro, of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced today to 480 months incarceration for mailing methamphetamine through the U.S. mail, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

“Methamphetamine is an increasing problem in this district.  We have seen significant increases in laboratory produced crystal meth coming from other states and countries.  With these increases, we have seen more addiction, more violence and more despair.  Our prosecutors and law enforcement partners spent countless hours on this case, and it demonstrates the kind of resources will devote to prosecute anyone who thinks they can distribute these highly addictive and dangerous drugs in this district.  I have devoted additional resources to the methamphetamine problem, and we will continue to aggressively pursue all those who are involved in its distribution in West Virginia—no matter where they live,” said Powell.

Navarro was also ordered to pay $350,600 in a money judgement.

Navarro, age 40, was found guilty by a federal jury of one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute More than 50 Grams of Methamphetamine,” two counts of “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility,” and two counts of “Distribution of Methamphetamine” in March 2018.

Navarro often mailed at least one pound of crystal methamphetamine at a time to drug dealers in Grant and Hardy Counties and in Frederick County, Virginia, in exchange for large amounts of cash.  Over a period of two years, Navarro was responsible for trafficking into West Virginia approximately fifty pounds of highly pure crystal methamphetamine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen Warner and Andrew R. Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The United States Postal Inspection Service, The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and the Frederick County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office investigated. 
U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated August 1, 2018

Drug Trafficking