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Two Individuals Plead Guilty to Trafficking Over 60 Pounds of Methamphetamine and Heroin

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

Memphis, TN – Two individuals pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine and distribution of heroin and methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the plea today.

According to information presented in court, on October 22, 2018, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, conducted an operation to capture a drug trafficking organization responsible for bringing massive quantities of methamphetamine and heroin to the Memphis area. On that date, law enforcement determined the location of a large-scale drug transaction taking place in Cordova. The agents had previously identified suspects Fatimadeniz Diaz, 33, who is also an illegal alien, and Steven Espinoza Diaz, 26, as the traffickers. After brief surveillance, agents were able to interrupt the drug deal and arrest both suspects. They then located two separate bags containing 62 pounds of methamphetamine and 750 grams of heroin.

On May 2, 2019, both Fatimadeniz Diaz and Steven Espinoza Diaz pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin; and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Distribution of illegal narcotics is not a victimless crime. In order to prevent needless addiction, injury, violence, and death in our communities, we must disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations that deliver this deadly poison to citizens in West Tennessee. These traffickers brought large quantities of meth and heroin into Memphis for resale, and will now reap long prison sentences for their harmful crimes."

Sentencing is scheduled for August 1, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Parker. Each defendant faces a mandatory minimumsentence of at least 10 years and up to life in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Griffith is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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Contact

Cherri Green
Public Information Officer
Cherri.Green@usdoj.gov
901-544-4231

Updated May 13, 2019