A Texas truck driver will be serving 14 years in prison after being caught transporting 286 pounds of methamphetamine, 60 pounds of Fentanyl and 60 pounds of cocaine hidden in a truck carrying a load of wine. Roque Carranza-Alvarado, 28, formerly of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced in federal court in Port Huron by U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland.
Drug trafficking is a blight across the U.S., with trucking being one of the most used methods of transport
Carranza-Alvarado previously pleaded guilty in March 2022 to three counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. On June 13, 2021, he was stopped by the Michigan State Police near Marma, Michigan, while headed to the Detroit area.
Using a drug-sniffing dog, law enforcement agents seized 286 pounds of methamphetamine, 60 pounds of a fentanyl analogue, 60 pounds of cocaine, and 800 grams of crack cocaine from the cab of Carranza-Alvarado’s truck. The defendant’s truck was loaded with 1,100 cases of wine from California to be delivered in Roseville, Michigan.
The State Police also seized $11,000 in cash from the defendant. In total, the drugs from the defendant had a street value of between $3 million and $4 million.
“Fentanyl and methamphetamine are poisoning our communities and killing our citizens. We will aggressively pursue and prosecute those who are harming our communities with dangerous drugs.”U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison
“This defendant was caught transporting a very significant amount of drugs that could have done untold damage to Michigan communities. [Drug Enforcement Administration] and our state, local and federal partners will employ every resource available to hold individuals and organizations who peddle poisons-for-profit accountable.”Special Agent Orville Greene
This case was the result of an ongoing investigation by the DEA. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John O’Brien.
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