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Eight People Sentenced in Conspiracy to Distribute Crystal Methamphetamine

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

MIAMI – The last of eight defendants involved in a crystal methamphetamine distribution ring has been sentenced.    

U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks sentenced Rudy Salinas, 31, of Rancho Bucamanca, California to over nine years in federal prison. During prior hearings, Judge Middlebrooks sentenced Salinas’s co-conspirators to the following federal prison sentences: 

  • Alexander McKay, 37, of West Palm Beach, Fla. – eight years;
  • Daniel Armstrong, 39, of Oakland Park, Fla. – six and one half years;
  • Stacy Boyd, 49, of Lake Worth Beach, Fla. – five years;
  • Ryan Haughey, 37, of West Palm Beach, Fla – four years;
  • Billy Rigney, 35, of West Palm Beach, Fla. –four years;  
  • Nikoli Moore, 30, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – two and one half years;
  • Christopher Vega, 34, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – five years on this offense, plus one year for violating his supervised release in a separate drug case.

The eight defendants pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties from April to November 2022.

Salinas served as the primary source of supply. He distributed multi-pound quantities of crystal methamphetamine to Armstrong and McKay who, in turn, distributed it to Boyd, Vega, Haughey, Rigney, and Moore, for further distribution across South Florida. Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized over five kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from the defendants.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Deanne L. Reuter of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, announced the sentence imposed by Judge Middlebrooks.

DEA Miami Field Division, West Palm Beach District Office investigated the case, with assistance from West Palm Beach Police Department, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Boynton Beach Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, and Margate Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Ralston prosecuted it. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daren Grove is handling asset forfeiture.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at under case number 22-cr-80176.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated April 28, 2023

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