Waco: Meth distribution ringleader sentenced to life

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Waco federal district judge sentenced a man to life in prison Tuesday after he earlier was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge Alan Albright ordered Daniel Louis Lopez, 38, to spend the rest of his life in federal prison.

Albright also ordered Lopez pay a $1,000 fine.

Lopez was among 20 defendants charged by federal grand jury indictment in August 2018 with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

United States Attorney John F. Bash categorized Lopez as a ringleader in the state’s methamphetamine distribution organization.

U.S. Attorneys, along with agents from the Drug Enforcement, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Waco Police, Killeen Police, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara and agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety participated in the operation, Bash said.

“These defendants were responsible for the distribution of large amounts of methamphetamine throughout the Waco and Central Texas areas,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Daryl Fields said in a release about the sentence.

Lopez pleaded guilty to the charge January 19.

“To date, 19 have pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge; seven defendants are still awaiting sentencing; the rest have been sentenced to federal prison terms ranging from seven years to life imprisonment,” Fields said.