Volume 6, Number 42 - January 11, 2007
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Sixth man sentenced in drug conspiracy case that brought meth to LaBarge
The last in a group of six persons incarcerated in a conspiracy ring to import and distribute five to 15 kilograms of methamphetamine was recently sentenced to serve 120 months in federal prison.
According to a release from the United State’s Attorney’s office in Cheyenne, the six Rock Springs area individuals, including one man from LaBarge, were accused of and convicted of conspiring to distribute and distribute meth in Sweetwater and Carbon counties between December 2002 and February 2005.
The release indicated that it is estimated that the six individuals were responsible for bringing and distributing between five and 15 kilos of meth in the communities of Rock Springs, Green River, Rawlins and LaBarge during the course of the conspiracy.
Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson presided over the case and had sentenced Dustin Kurt Amos, 29, was sentenced on March 20, to serve 292 months of federal prison for conspiracy, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $1,000 fine. After Amos’ release from federal prison, his is to be federally supervised for five years.
Alexis Estrada, also known as “Carlos,” 33 of Chihuahua, Mexico, was sentenced on Jan. 3, to 120 months of incarceration, with credit for 18 months and 16 days served for conspiring to distributing and distributing meth. Estrada was also sentenced to 120 months for distributing meth and possessing meth with intent to distribute it, and he was sentenced to 24 months for illegally re-entering the United Sates after being deported, according to the release.
“The federal judge ordered that all the terms of imprisonment be served concurrently and imposed a $400 special assessment,” the release noted. “Estrada is to be deported after serving his federal sentence.”
Other co-defendants already sentenced also include Adrian Quezada-Morena, 26, of Chihuahua, Mexico; Miguel Lucio, 22, of Rawlins; Cory Albert, 31, of Green River; and Andres Cesar Quezada-Moreno, 31 of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Adrian Quezada-Morena was sentenced on March 17, to 188 months of federal prison for conspiracy and to 24 months for illegally re-entering the U.S with the terms of imprisonment to be served concurrently, according to the release. Adrian Quezada-Morena was also ordered to pay a $200 special assessment and is to be deported after serving his sentence.
Lucio was sentenced on March 21 to 85 months of federal prison for conspiracy to and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment with three years of supervised release. However, Lucio won’t begin to serve his federal sentence until after he serves a three-to-five year State prison sentence for possession of a felony amount of meth in Sweetwater County, according to the release.
Albert was sentenced on April 5, to 262 months of federal prison for conspiracy, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $1,000 fine, as well as be under federal supervision for five years after his release, according to the release.
Andres Cesar Quezada-Moreno was sentenced on Aug. 9, to 240 months of federal prison for conspiracy and to 120 months for illegally re-entering the U.S. after being deported with the terms to run concurrently. Andres Cesar Quezada-Moreno was also ordered to pay a $200 special assessment and a $250 fine. The co-defendant will also be deported after serving his federal sentence, according to the release.
The release also indicated that the case was the culmination of a joint investigation of several law enforcement agencies that included the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, the Rock Springs Police Department, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, the Green River Police Department, the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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