Arlington meth dealer sentenced to 14 years in federal prison

The man was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine

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A 39-year old Arlington man has been sentenced to 168 months in a federal prison for his part in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, according to U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern
District of Texas.

Carlos Cortinas of Arlington was convicted along with 52-year-old David Piper Jr. in a two-day trial in March. They were both convicted on one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas. Cortinas was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O'Connor. Cortinas was arrested January 5 in Arlington.

Piper was sentenced earlier to 235 months in federal prison.

Another co-conspirator, Chadwick Hernandez, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for the same offense in February.

At the trial, government prosecutors introduced evidence that Piper and Cortinas possessed with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine between March 2015 and January 20, 2016. The Government presented evidence that Cortinas and other distributors had transported multiple pounds of methamphetamine to Piper in Bolivar, MO.

The Fort Worth office of the Drug Enforcement Agency led the investigation with several other law enforcement offices, including the Arlington Police Department.

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