San Angelo meth distributor sentenced to 27 years in federal prison

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LUBBOCK, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – According to a press release from the Department of Justice, John R. Parker United States Attorney Northern District of Texas, a San Angelo man has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in federal prison for drug distribution charges.

According to the release, 41-year-old Orlando Juarez Cardenas of San Angelo was sentenced on Friday, July 21 before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings for distribution of methamphetamine in San Angelo.

Cardenas has been in custody since January of 2017. He pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth in March of 2017.

According to court documents, during a meeting on January 23, 2017, Cardenas met with an individual and gave the person $7,580 to purchase meth from a location in Grand Prairie, Texas. This location had been used previously by Cardenas to pick up drugs.

The individual met with a female, who provided a bag filled with 2,030 grams of meth in exchange for the $7,580. The meth was in two separate baggies within the larger bag. Cardenas intended to repackage and sell the drugs to his clients in the San Angelo area.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, Texas Department of Public Safety – Criminal Investigations Division and the San Angelo Police Department, Street Crimes Division investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell Lorfing was in charge of the prosecution.

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