FRESNO, Calif. — Alejandro Lopez, 51, of Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, was sentenced today to seven and a half years in prison for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, Lopez was stopped for a traffic violation in Merced County as he was driving northbound on Highway 99. Following the stop, law enforcement officers discovered approximately 32 pounds of methamphetamine in a spare tire of the vehicle that Lopez had been driving. Lopez pleaded guilty on Oct. 6, 2020.
This case was the product of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar prosecuted the case.