West Texas Methamphetamine Distributors Sentenced

LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) - Two defendants were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings for their role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Saul Blanco-Gallegos, 37, of Grand Prairie, and Juan Rodriguez Galindo, aka “Johnny,” 43, of Amarillo, both pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and were sentenced to 108 months and 130 months in federal prison, respectively.

Last week, Judge Cummings sentenced the following defendants, who all pleaded guilty in April 2017 to their roles in the conspiracy, to the following:

  • Isaias Perez-Benito, 32, of Amarillo, 210 months
  • Corina Villalpando, 51, of Plainview, 188 months
  • Dusty Lee Stowers, 30, of Friona, 108
  • Mona Lesa Thomas, aka “Lisa,” 52, of Lubbock, 46 months

According to plea documents filed in the case, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Texas Department of Public Safety conducted an investigation into a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy involving suspects in Amarillo, Plainview, Lubbock, and several other cities in the Texas Panhandle.

Through the use of various investigative techniques – including multiple undercover purchases and residential search warrants – agents were ultimately able to seize a total of approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine, nine firearms, and nearly $20,000 in cash.
          
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety, Friona Police Department, and Plainview Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Long prosecuted.

(News release from the United States Attorney Northern District of Texas)


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