Indalecio Castro-Ponce, 40, of San Luis, Arizona, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, by a federal jury in Phoenix. The defendant is being held after trial.
The evidence at trial showed that Castro-Ponce conspired with others, including his wife and teenaged son, to distribute methamphetamine to various locations in the Southwestern United States, including Salt Lake City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nev.; Fresno, Calif.; Sunland, Calif.; and Moreno Valley, Calif. Castro-Ponce made more than 20 drug trafficking-related trips between February and July 2012, frequently taking his children and wife with him in order to attempt to disguise his activities. Following visits by Castro-Ponce, law enforcement seized more than three pounds of 96% pure “ice” methamphetamine from a location in Fresno, and more than seven pounds of methamphetamine from a location in Moreno Valley. Law enforcement agents also seized more than $200,000 cash from the same locations.
Convictions for conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute each carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, or both.
Sentencing is set before Judge Bolton on July 8, 2013.