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Arizona Woman Sentenced in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy Reaching Omaha

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Samantha Perez-Juarez today to a term of imprisonment of 80 months.  Perez-Juarez will serve a 5-year term of supervised release following her release from the Bureau of Prisons. There is no parole in the federal system. 

Perez-Juarez, 21, was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine with co-defendant Leonel Blanco-Sanchez in the Omaha area between September of 2019 and January of 2020. Perez-Juarez, of Arizona, transported multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine from sources of supply in Arizona and California to Omaha on at least five occasions throughout the fall of 2019 and into January of 2020. Blanco-Sanchez and Perez-Juarez received direction from Mexico-based co-conspirators with whom they maintained contact, traveling in Blanco-Sanchez’s pickup truck bearing Army Veteran license plates to deliver methamphetamine to customers in Omaha.

On January 8, 2020, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) stopped and arrested Blanco-Sanchez and Perez-Juarez as they returned to Omaha from Arizona. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 13 pounds of methamphetamine which was seized by law enforcement.

Perez-Juarez will be removed from the United States to Mexico upon her release from prison.

In September of 2020, Blanco-Sanchez was sentenced to 80 months’ imprisonment in the same case.

The case was primarily investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, and the Nebraska State Patrol. 

Updated October 30, 2020

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