AMARILLO, Texas —Rogelio Xochitl
Amparan, 29, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater
to 189 months in federal prison terms for his role in a methamphetamine
distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern
District of Texas.
Amparan has been in custody since his arrest
in June 2017 on a related federal criminal complaint. He pleaded guilty in
September 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams
or more of methamphetamine.
Co-defendants Miguel Angel Bravo-Farias, 41,
and Hector Terrazas, 25, were also arrested in June 2017. Bravo-Farias and
Terrazas pleaded guilty to their roles and are awaiting sentencing.
According to the plea agreement factual resume, on June 8, 2017, an operation
was conducted to purchase 20 pounds of methamphetamine from Bravo-Farias, an
illegal immigrant, and Terrazas. When law enforcement agents met with
Bravo-Farias and Terrazas they were in possession of a box containing a large
amount of methamphetamine and were arrested at the scene.
During the operation, Amparan was observed leaving Terrazas’ residence. He was
stopped by law enforcement and arrested for having a suspended registration.
A search of Terrazas’ residence revealed 2 containers with crystal like residue
and 34 empty glass bottles with crystal like substance on the spouts in a
bedroom. In the refrigerator, there were multiple containers containing a
total of approximately 5,498 grams of liquid methamphetamine. In the same room
was a closet that was converted into a work station with drying
equipment. The closet contained fans and opened igloo style
containers. On the floor there were used plastic gloves and utensils that
had crystal like substance on them. The residence was used as a conversion
lab from liquid to crystal methamphetamine.
During an interview, according to the plea agreement factual resume, Amparan
admitted that he was involved in the methamphetamine operation. Amparan stated
that he received all the money from the sale of methamphetamine and transported
the money back to his brother, who lives in Juarez, Mexico.
The Amarillo Police Department and the Drug
Enforcement Administration investigated the case with assistance from the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, the Potter County Sheriff’s Office,
the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Potter County District Attorney’s
Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Bell prosecuted.