Mexican National Sentenced To More Than 12 Years For Role In Methamphetamine Importation Conspiracy

Mexican National Sentenced To More Than 12 Years For Role In Methamphetamine Importation Conspiracy

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday has sentenced Ubertino Zavala-Perez (59, Plant City, Florida) to more than 12 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Zavala-Perez pleaded guilty on August 31, 2022. 

According to court documents, Ubertino Zavala-Perez conspired with individuals in Mexico and others to distribute and import methamphetamine from Mexico. On March 30, 2022, Zavala-Perez sold half a kilogram of methamphetamine imported from Mexico in a controlled purchase for $3,750. On April 1, 2022, Zavala-Perez agreed to sell one kilogram of methamphetamine in another controlled purchase. A search of his residence, including a storage shed on the property revealed two loaded firearms and additional quantities of methamphetamine. The defendant further admitted to storing his methamphetamine in an off-site storage unit and inside a shed located on his residence. Inside the shed, law enforcement discovered freeze-dried bags containing methamphetamine. After his arrest, Zavala-Perez admitted to receiving methamphetamine from co-conspirators in Mexico and elsewhere in the United States.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Plant City Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David W.A. Chee.

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