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Six people indicted for west Texas meth smuggling operation plead guilty in federal court

January 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Six people indicted for west Texas meth smuggling operation plead guilty in federal court

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Six suspects entered guilty pleas in a federal court in Lubbock, Texas for their roles in a meth smuggling operation after an indictment was filed in November.

Court records indicated that Alejandro Garcia-Izazaga, aka “Flaco” or “Alex,” 29, smuggled large quantities of meth into Lubbock and other Texas cities.

According to a Justice Department press release, on at least three instances during the summer of 2017, Garcia-Izazaga offered to compensate three other co-defendants to transport large quantities of the drugs from other areas of Texas to Lubbock.

Garcia-Izazaga pleaded guilty, along with Anthony Wayne Reiley, aka “Tony,” 49; Ivan Cruz-Martinez, 37; and Zacarias Blanco-Olea, 45, to one count of possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth.

The co-conspirators face between 10 years to life behind bars and face penalties of up to $10 million for their roles in the meth smuggling operation.

Left to right: Alejandro Garcia-Izazaga, Anthony Wayne Reiley and Patricia Hernandez-Salas from Lubbock Co. Detention Center

Two other defendants, Ernesto Martinez Jr., 54, and Patricia Ann Hernandez-Salas, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth. The penalty for these charges ranges from five to 40 years bars and a fine of up to $5 million.

Martinez and Hernandez-Salas purchased the methamphetamine and re-distributed it in the Lubbock area.

Amanda Nicole Marney, 28, opted to stand trial in February.

Police officers were notified of the smuggling ring after routine traffic stops were conducted. Officers found the meth in hidden compartments after being permitted to search the vehicles.

Investigators seized over 15 pounds of the drug along with several firearms.

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