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Southern District of Mississippi

Friday, February 9, 2018

Texas Man Sentenced to Over 18 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy


Gulfport, Miss. – Arnulfo Garza Gonzalez a/k/a "Peaty," age 41, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 223 months in federal prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam. He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.

A confidential informant provided information that beginning in 2016 and continuing through August 2017, Gonzalez was a source of supply of methamphetamine for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. During a search of a home in Gulfport, DEA agents were able to locate some of the methamphetamine that Gonzalez sent to Mississippi, and upon laboratory testing, it resulted in a 90% purity. During DEA’s investigation, agents also discovered Gonzalez conspired with a least three other individuals to traffic cocaine and marijuana from Texas to Mississippi.

On November 6, 2017, Gonzalez pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride, 50 grams of actual methamphetamine, and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk.

Updated February 9, 2018