Dealer ‘Breaks Bad,’ Faces Life in Prison

By Staff Writer December 13, 2021

A major Dallas drug trafficker was convicted of dealing methamphetamine out of his car dealership, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad Meacham.

After four days of trial, a federal jury convicted Marco Antonio Gonzalez, 42, of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

“Today’s conviction is an affirmation of DEA resolve to keep methamphetamines out of our communities, said Eduardo Chávez, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Dallas Field Division. “Methamphetamine continues to be a significant threat in North Texas. DEA and all our law enforcement partners will continue to hold those like Gonzalez accountable for their actions.”

According to evidence presented at trial, Gonzalez, an associate of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) who called himself “Speedy,” dealt methamphetamine out of Hampton Motors, a car dealership he owned. He and several coconspirators stored large quantities of narcotics at the dealership and used proceeds of drug sales to purchase vehicles in order to disguise the source of the funds.

The defendants used homes in Dallas and DeSoto to serve as laboratories for the recrystallization of methamphetamine, and often carried firearms on those premises. Agents testified at trial that members of the cartel trafficked thousands of kilograms of methamphetamine this way.

During trial, prosecutors discovered that Gonzalez threatened to kill one of his co-conspirators, who was slated to testify against him. The threatened man went on to testify anyway, saying that Mr. Gonzalez used his dealership as a front for large-scale drug deals.

Gonzalez now faces up to life in federal prison. Ten of his co-conspirators entered guilty pleas prior to trial.

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