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El Paso Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Possession of Meth and Fentanyl

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

EL PASO – An El Paso man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl.

According to court documents, during an El Paso Police Department traffic stop on September 6, 2022, Erich Calixtro, 45, was found in possession of approximately 138 grams of methamphetamine and approximately 28 grams of fentanyl. 

On September 14, 2023, Calixtro pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.  Due to his extensive criminal history, the Court found that Calixtro was a career criminal offender. Calixtro has remained in federal custody since his arrest on September 6, 2022.

“My office will continue to prosecute those who peddle illegal drugs in our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza.  “I’m proud of the work accomplished by the El Paso Police Department and the FBI in taking another drug dealer off our streets.”

“Illicit synthetic drugs like methamphetamine and fentanyl continue to drive addiction and fatal poisonings in our communities,” said John Morales, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI El Paso Field Office. “People like Calixtro fuel these addictions by making these poisons accessible in our communities. His disregard for how he destroys families will no longer be a concern as he spends the next 20 years in federal prison.”

The FBI and EPPD investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Myers prosecuted the case.


Updated December 13, 2023

Drug Trafficking