Houston man gets 14 years in prison over meth

February 20, 2014 12:50:46 PM PST
A Houston man is headed to prison for 14 years for methamphetamine.

Francisco Rodriguez, 22, has been sentenced to a total of 168 months for possessing with the intent to distribute multiple kilograms of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Rodriguez pleaded guilty in February 2013, to possessing a gross weight of more than five kilograms of 90 percent pure methamphetamine.

According to court records, Rodriguez negotiated a deal for the purchase of methamphetamine with undercover Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents. In November 2012, Rodriguez met with an undercover officer in a Houston area business parking lot to complete the transaction. Rodriguez pulled a backpack out of the toolbox of the truck that he had driven to the meeting, opened it and showed the agent several plastic containers. According to court records, he opened one of the containers and revealed a crystal-like substance, at which time he was arrested.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner, who handed down the sentence on Thursday, further ordered Rodriguez serve five years of supervised release following completion of the prison term. He will remain in custody pending transfer to a US Bureau of Prisons facility.

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