CA man gets 90 months of conspiracy to distribute drugs in New Jersey

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A California man will spend the next seven and a half years in jail for shipping nearly 30 pounds of crystal meth to Atlantic City and conspiring to send an additional five kilograms of fentanyl to Garden State.

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig Says Isabel Otanez-Sanchez, 27, of San Jacinto, Calif., Had previously pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and an amount of fentanyl. The prison sentence was handed down Friday in Federal Court in Camden.

According to the documents filed in this case and the statements made in court:

In September 2018, law enforcement officers received information that an individual known as “Pancho”, later identified as Natoez-Sanchez, was shipping large quantities of narcotics to New Zealand. Jersey from California. On January 28, 2019, Otanez-Sanchez agreed to send 30 pounds of methamphetamine to a confidential law enforcement source (the “CS”) in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Otanez-Sanchez and conspirator Jesus Zavala-Torres hid 28 packets of methamphetamine in a salvaged vehicle that was shipped to New Jersey from California. Officers recovered the 28 packages, totaling approximately 30 pounds, from the car’s gas tank.

On February 12, 2019, the CS met with Otanez-Sanchez and Zavala-Torres in Riverside, California. Otanez-Sanchez and Zavala-Torres also agreed to sell an additional five kilograms of fentanyl which would be shipped to CS in New Jersey in the same manner as methamphetamine.

Following that meeting in February, Otanez-Sanchez and Zavala-Torres were arrested and the fentanyl they intended to ship to New Jersey seized.

In addition to the prison sentence, Otanez-Sanchez was sentenced to five years of supervised release.

Zavala-Torres is expected to be sentenced on June 2.

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