Two Convicted of Distributing Methamphetamine
MCALLEN, TX—Francisco Calderon, 27, and Jorge Alejandro Galvan-Ibarra, 30, have entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Calderon entered his plea just a short time ago, while Galvan-Ibarra pleaded yesterday.
Calderon, a naturalized citizen originally from Mexico residing in McAllen, and Galvan-Ibarra, an illegal alien residing in the Dallas area, were arrested June 3, 2014, as they attempted to distribute the methamphetamine.
Calderon brokered the transaction out of McAllen, while Galvan-Ibarra was to deliver the drugs in Dallas.
Prior to the June 2014 arrest, Calderon admitted to negotiating two additional transactions totaling more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. Galvan-Ibarra handled the delivery of the methamphetamine in one of the transactions.
U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who accepted the pleas, has set sentencing for Oct. 22, 2014. At that time, they face a minimum o f10 years and up to life in federal prison as well as a possible $10 million fine. Both were ordered to remain in custody pending that hearing.
The charges are the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation dubbed Operation Sword Fight conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and FBI. Assistant United States Attorney Juan F. Alanis is prosecuting.