Juan Carlos Lara-Ochoa and Jose Alberto Cibrian, plead guilty this morning to their roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. The plea was announced by US Attorney John Parker of the Northern district of Texas.
Ochoa admitted that on June 1 he possessed with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He faces a sentence of no less than 10 years and up to life in federal prison along with a 10 million dollar fine. Cibrian, admitted that on March 4 he possessed with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a 1 million dollar fine.
The judge ordered a presentence investigation report for each defendant. Sentencing dates will be set after the completion of those reports.
The case was investigated by the Lubbock Police Department, the Littlefield Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant US Attorney Sean Long is in charge of the prosecution.