North Highlands Man Charged with Drug Trafficking Offense

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SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Alberto Arriaga Velazquez, 40, of North Highlands, charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

The charge arose out of a months-long investigation into drug trafficking in Sacramento County. According to court documents, on Oct. 13, 2021, law enforcement officers seized over 4 pounds of methamphetamine intended for distribution from Velazquez’s home.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alstyn Bennett is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Velazquez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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