Abilene Couple Sentenced on Methamphetamine Conspiracy and Distribution Convictions
ABILENE, TX—A married couple from Abilene, Texas, was sentenced today following their guilty pleas earlier this year to drug distribution and conspiracy charges, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Chief U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced Juan Jose Torres a.k.a. “Nano”, 39, to 168 months in federal prison, and he sentenced Anna Lisa Torres, 30, to 24 months in federal prison. Each pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Juan Torres has been in custody since his arrest in September 2014. Judge Solis ordered Anna Torres to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on July 15, 2015.
According to documents filed in their case, Juan and Anna Torres conspired with each other, and with others, to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. On May 16, 2014, Juan and Anna Torres met an individual at an agreed-upon parking lot where Juan Torres provided the buyer with two clear plastic baggies of methamphetamine. Then, on May 21, 2014, Juan Torres told a buyer who had asked for a full ounce of methamphetamine that he did not have that amount, but he could get him an “8-ball.” Juan Torres advised that his son (age 13) got out of school at 3:30 p.m., and the buyer could get it from him. That afternoon, the buyer went to the Torres’ home, and the son sold the buyer 3.8 grams of methamphetamine in exchange for $160.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Abilene Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Juanita Fielden prosecuted.