Texas Man Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine and Interstate Transportation of Drug Money
On January 12, 2018, Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced that Roberto Ochoa Cantu, age 44 of Alamo, Texas, was sentenced to 10 years and six months (126 months) in prison for distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute, methamphetamine and five years (60 months) for interstate transportation in aid of racketeering. Those sentences are to run concurrently (at the same time). Cantu 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.
Cantu was arrested on April 24, 2017 after approximately a one-year investigation regarding shipments of methamphetamine sent 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. Cantu was involved in six sales of methamphetamine to a confidential informant in Lincoln between November of 2016 and February of 2017, including a sale of 62 grams of actual/pure methamphetamine, which occurred on December 4, 2016. Cantu was held responsible for the distribution of at least 150 grams of actual/pure methamphetamine. Cantu instructed the confidential informant to pay for the methamphetamine by depositing cash into bank accounts in Lincoln from which the proceeds could be withdrawn by persons in south Texas.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.