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6 charged in meth distribution conspiracy, each face 5 years to life in prison

Isaias Perez-Benito, Juan Rodriguez Galindo, Corina Villalpando, Dusty Lee Stowers, Mona Lesa Thomas (Source: Lubbock Co. Detention Center) Isaias Perez-Benito, Juan Rodriguez Galindo, Corina Villalpando, Dusty Lee Stowers, Mona Lesa Thomas (Source: Lubbock Co. Detention Center)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Six defendants have been charged in a federal indictment, unsealed this week, with felony offenses stemming from their role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Five defendants have made their initial appearance in federal court in Lubbock before U.S. Magistrate D. Gordon Bryant, Jr. and will remain in custody pending trial. One defendant remains a fugitive.

The nine-count indictment charges each of the following defendants with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine:

  • Isaias Perez-Benito, 31, of Amarillo
  • Juan Rodriguez Galindo, aka "Johnny," 42, of Amarillo
  • Corina Villalpando, 50, of Plainview
  • Dusty Lee Stowers, 29, of Friona
  • Mona Lesa Thomas, aka “Lisa,” 52, of Lubbock

Each defendant is also charged with additional substantive counts of distribution of methamphetamine. Perez-Benito was an illegal alien and unlawfully in the United States at the time of the offenses charged and is charged with an additional count of illegal alien in possession of firearms.

If convicted, the conspiracy count carries statutory penalties ranging from 5 years to life in federal prison and a $5 million to $10 million fine.  The other substantive drug offenses carry similar penalties. 

If convicted of the firearm charge, Perez-Benito also faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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