The Dallas Police Department Narcotics Unit partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to get two convictions in a local methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.
After a four day trial, a federal jury convicted Gilberto Gomez, 37, of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The drug trafficking conspiracy count carries a maximum statutory penalty of life in federal prison and a $1 million fine.
Felix Cantu, 30, pled guilty earlier in March 2017 to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Gomez and Cantu operated a drug distribution enterprise from Gomez’s residence in West Dallas. The Dallas Police Department and DEA conducted a four-month long investigation into Gomez and Cantu. Officers executed a search warrant on Gomez’ residence and recovered more than $37,000 in cash and over $40,000 worth of narcotics.
Gomez had installed three-inch steel coverings on the windows of his home and had a coded-entry metal gate in the hallway leading to the master bedroom to protect the stash of drugs inside his home. The investigation revealed that Gomez would travel to California every two weeks to purchase marijuana. He would then conceal the marijuana in hidden compartments of vehicles and transport the vehicles back to Texas on open-air tractor-trailers.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is now seeking an order to forfeit the house since it was used for criminal activity.
This was an excellent job by the Dallas Police Department Narcotics Unit and the DEA working together to keep Dallas safe!