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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 17, 2013

Man Sentenced To 10 Years On Methamphetamine Charge

Madison, Wis. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Pedro Flores Cruz, 53, Huntington Park, Calif., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 10 years in prison for attempting to possess 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  Flores Cruz pleaded guilty to this crime on April 11, 2013.

In October 2012, a confidential informant (CI) took possession of approximately 48 pounds of methamphetamine in Chicago in a controlled delivery.  The methamphetamine was 99% pure and had a street value of $800,000 to $1 million.  At the time of the delivery, the source told the CI to hold on to the drugs until contacted.

During the week of November 12, 2012, Flores Cruz contacted the CI to pick up the methamphetamine.  Arrangements were made for the CI and Flores Cruz to meet in Madison where the two would trade vehicles and Flores Cruz would leave in the CI’s car which contained the drugs.

On November 19, 2012, an undercover officer drove to Madison with 48 pounds of rock candy in his vehicle, packaged to look like methamphetamine.  The officer met Flores Cruz at the East Towne Mall.  They got out of their vehicles and the officer showed Flores Cruz the fake drugs.  Flores Cruz then started to get into the officer’s vehicle to drive away and he was arrested.

The charges against Flores Cruz were the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Altman and David Reinhard. 

Updated July 14, 2015