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Trafficker Of Multiple Kilograms Of Methamphetamine Is Sentenced To More Than 21 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Miguel Angel Lopez-Resendiz, 28, a Mexican national residing in Charlotte, was sentenced to 262 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release today for trafficking over six kilograms of methamphetamine, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which oversees the Charlotte District Office, Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, and Chief Joseph Hatley of the Mint Hill Police Department join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to court records and court proceedings, from June to September 2021, Lopez-Resendiz trafficked a substantial amount of methamphetamine in and around Mecklenburg County. Court records show that, on at least two occasions, Lopez-Resendiz sold methamphetamine to an undercover agent. On one such occasion, on September 9, 2021, Lopez-Resendiz met with the undercover agent in the parking lot of a restaurant, where he sold the agent nearly one kilogram of methamphetamine. On September 23, 2021, Lopez-Resendiz arranged another drug transaction with the undercover agent. When Lopez-Resendiz arrived to complete the transaction, law enforcement attempted to arrest him. Lopez-Resendiz fled, and law enforcement arrested him after a short foot chase. Law enforcement searched Lopez-Resendiz’s vehicle. In the trunk, law enforcement found nearly two kilograms of methamphetamine and a semiautomatic assault rifle loaded with a high capacity drum magazine capable of holding more than 100 rounds of ammunition. As part of the law enforcement operation, investigators also executed a search warrant at Lopez-Resendiz’s drug stash house, from which they seized over three additional kilograms of methamphetamine. Over the course of the investigation into Lopez-Resendiz, law enforcement determined that he had trafficked more than six kilograms of methamphetamine.

On June 24, 2022, Lopez-Resendiz pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King commended the DEA, CMPD and the Mint Hill Police Department for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor G. Stout, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.

Updated December 14, 2022

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