Lubbock man sentenced to 10 years for role in meth, cocaine, marijuana conspiracy

Updated: Mar. 24, 2017 at 3:40 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in December 2016 for his role in a methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana distribution conspiracy.

Twelve individuals were arrested and charged with similar federal offenses, stemming from their respective roles in a drug distribution conspiracy that operated in West Texas.  Of those arrested, each defendant has pleaded guilty.  Two defendants remain fugitives.

According to plea documents filed in the case, on August 18, 2015, Christopher David Gonzales was observed traveling in a 2009 black Dodge Pickup, from Big Spring, Texas.

The vehicle arrived at a residence in Lamesa, Texas. This residence had been identified as being used as a "stash" location. Later that same day a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper conducted a traffic stop on the black Dodge Ram for failure to use signal light during a lane change. The trooper identified the driver as Christopher David Gonzales.

When asked if Christopher David Gonzales had anything illegal in his vehicle, he admitted to the trooper there was methamphetamine in the center console. A search of the vehicle revealed a baggie containing methamphetamine in the center console.

A laboratory analysis was done on the substance seized from Gonzales. The substance weighed 174.2 grams with 92.0 percent purity level.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the DEA investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Juanita Fielden and Sean Long prosecuted.

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