Two Men Sentenced in Meth Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thirty-four-year-old Jesus R. Diaz was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in dealing 33 pounds of meth in the Lincoln area from 2001 to 2003.

In October, Diaz pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of the drug.

Salvador Galaviz-Luna was sentenced to 19 years, seven months in prison for his conviction for dealing meth in Nebraska.

In September, Galaviz-Luna was found guilty by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth from 1998 until 2002 in the Grand Island area.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Kopf decided to increase obstructed justice at his trial through his pretrial statements and trial testimony.

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Fast Facts About Meth

  • Methamphetamine use among high school seniors more than doubled between 1990 and 1996.

  • Women are more likely to use meth than cocaine.

  • The average meth "cook" annually teaches ten others how to make meth.

  • Every pound of meth produced leaves behind five to six pounds of toxic waste.

  • Seizures of clandestine meth labs in the Midwest increased tenfold from 1995 to 1997.

  • Methamphetamine accounts for up to 90 percent of all drug cases in many Midwest communities.

  • Methamphetamine kills by causing heart failure, brain damage and stroke.

  • Methamphetamine-induced paranoia has led to numerous murders and suicides.

  • Methamphetamine produces hallucinations.

  • Meth users are the hardest to treat of all drug users.

  • Meth lab site cleanups can cost up to $150,000.

  • Methamphetamine is highly addictive.

  • Meth use increases risk of child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.

Many people may be unaware that they're living near a meth lab. Here are some things to look for:

  • Unusual, strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals).
  • Residences with windows blacked out.
  • Renters who pay their landlords in cash. (Most drug dealers trade exclusively in cash.)
  • Lots of traffic - people coming and going at unusual times.
  • There may be little traffic during the day, but at night the activity increases dramatically.
  • Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as: antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.
  • Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought into the home.

Source: www.kci.org [Koch Crime Institute]


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