Leader of Methamphetamine Conspiracy Sentenced to More Than 22 Years in Federal Prison
DALLAS—The last defendant convicted in a drug conspiracy that distributed large quantities of methamphetamine in north Texas was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Dallas. Jesus Velasquez, aka “Chuy,” 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn to 270 months (22.5 years) in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Velasquez will also be required to forfeit the proceeds of his criminal activity, which includes a 2008 Jeep Commander and several firearms.
Velasquez and 8 codefendants were charged in the drug conspiracy that was outlined in a federal indictment returned by a grand jury in Dallas in January 2013. Velasquez pleaded guilty in June 2013 to one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. All defendants received federal prison sentences ranging from 46 months to 270 months.
According to documents filed in the case, Velasquez admitted that on multiple occasions between April 2011 and June 30, 2011, he distributed methamphetamine in exchange for payment in the Dallas area. Specifically, Velasquez admitted that he was intercepted over a court-authorized wiretap discussing narcotics transactions with co-defendants Gregory Guysinger, Miguel Velasquez, aka “Ramone,” and Heriberto Luna, aka “Beto.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was in charge of the investigation. The FBI was assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Dallas Police Department, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice—Office of the Inspector General (TDCJ-OIG), and the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Phelesa Guy was in charge of the prosecution and Assistant U.S. Attorney John de la Garza handled the forfeiture.