Arizona meth conspiracy results in local federal conviction

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 42-year-old Corpus Christi resident has pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute meth, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Alfredo Delacruz admitted his role in the conspiracy which spanned from March 1 to Oct. 22, 2021.

The investigation began in September 2021. At that time, law enforcement had discovered Delacruz was receiving parcels containing meth from Phoenix, Arizona, to then be distributed in the Corpus Christi area.

On Oct. 21, 2021, authorities executed a search warrant at Delacruz’s residence. There, they discovered money, a ledger, approximately 16 grams of cocaine, several grams of marijuana, a Springfield Arms 9mm semiautomatic pistol, Taurus 9mm pistol, SAR Arms K2P Pistol, SCCY CPX-2 9mm semiautomatic pistol, Ruger .22 Caliber, semiautomatic pistol, Beretta .25 caliber pistol and an ammunition magazine.

Delacruz admitted he made an agreement with a supplier located in Arizona and had sold meth and cocaine for approximately six months. Delacruz received packages containing meth via UPS and sent cash proceeds from the sales to his supplier.

As part of his plea, he took responsibility for 10 to 12 packages, each containing up to five pounds of meth. The total amount of the narcotics exceeded approximately $300,000.

U.S. District Judge Nevla Gonzales Ramos will impose sentencing Aug. 24. At that time, Delacruz faces up to life in prison and a possible $10 million maximum fine.

Delacruz was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Parker Gochenour is prosecuting the case.