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Texas federal judge sentences Arizona man to 20 years in federal prison for meth and firearms possession

January 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Texas federal judge sentences Arizona man to 20 years in federal prison for meth and firearms possession

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A federal district court judge in Texas has sentenced an Arizona man to 20 years in federal prison for drugs and firearms possession.

U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater ordered 41-year-old Arturo Salazar Jr., to serve 248 months in federal prison on Wednesday.

According to a Justice Department press release, Salazar Jr. pleaded guilty in September to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

A Texas state trooper stopped Salazar Jr. for speeding in Carson County, Texas on Nov. 4th, 2016.

Salazar Jr. told the trooper he and a female passenger were traveling from Arizona to Kansas for work.

Arturo Salazar Jr. will spend more than 20 years in prison after he was sentenced for drug and firearm offenses in Carson County. (Photo Courtesy: Randall County Jail)

During the traffic stop, the trooper asked Salazar Jr. to search his vehicle after noticing evidence of possible criminal activity.

Salazar refused the officer’s request and a K9 unit was called in to search the car.

While waiting for the K9 unit to arrive, the suspect reportedly told the officer he had small amounts of drugs inside the vehicle, which he was delivering to Springfield, Missouri.

During a subsequent search of the car, troopers discovered a small baggie of meth in the driver’s side door, along with 24 bundles of meth and a loaded weapon in the trunk of the vehicle.

The judge has ordered Salazar to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on Feb. 27.

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