Texas Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Distribute Drugs and Launder Money
On January 5, 2018, Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced that Juan Zuniga Gloria, 40, of Alamo, Texas, was sentenced to 14 years (168 months) in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and 14 years (168 months) for conspiracy to money launder. Those sentences are to run concurrently, (i.e., at the same time). Zuniga Gloria was ordered to serve five years on supervised release following the prison term. However, he is a citizen of Mexico and will likely be deported after serving his prison sentence.
Zuniga Gloria was arrested on April 24, 2017 after approximately a one-year investigation regarding shipments of methamphetamine and cocaine brought from south Texas to Lincoln for distribution. The proceeds of drug sales were sent back to Texas via cash deposits made into accounts opened at local banks. Evidence obtained as a result of this investigation indicated Zuniga Gloria was responsible for the distribution of at least 150 grams (approximately 5 ¼ ounces) of actual (pure) methamphetamine, at least 1.5 kilograms (approximately three pounds) of methamphetamine mixture and at least 2 kilograms (approximately 4 ½ pounds) of cocaine between May of 2014 and April of 2017. At the time of his arrest, Zuniga Gloria’s Lincoln apartment was searched. More than one ounce of methamphetamine, 1 ¾ pounds of cocaine, over $6,000 in cash and items commonly used in drug distribution were found. Records for three bank accounts in Gloria’s name over the time-frame of the conspiracy showed cash deposits of more than $248,000, many of which occurred in Lincoln and cash withdrawals of more than $158,000, occurring mostly in south Texas.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force, and the Nebraska State Patrol.