WACO (January 3, 2013)--A Waco man was sentenced to federal prison Thursday after he earlier pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine near a local middle school campus.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Michael Edward Salazar, 34, to 188 months in prison, to be followed by 6 years on supervised release, and ordered payment of a $1,000 fine and $100 in special assessment to the court.
Court documents presented at Salazar's plea hearing on Nov. 1, 2012, show that on Aug. 24, 2012, Waco police drug enforcement officers served a search warrant at a residence in south Waco.
As officers served the warrant they saw a man run from the back of the residence and observed the man throw down what officers believed to be a baggie of methamphetamine.
The man continued to run and jumped a fence where officers caught up with him.
After he was apprehended, officers found $500 in cash in his pockets.
During the search of the residence officers found a small amount of methamphetamine on the kitchen counter top right next to the backdoor out of which the man ran.
They also located scales and Baggies with the corners torn out of them, lying next to the scales.
Officers also seized a cell phone and observed drug related text messages on it.
The residence searched is within 1000 feet of University Middle School.