José Javier Galván sentenced to over 6 years in prison for methamphetamine distribution
José Javier Galván, a 55-year-old Hispanic man, has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for conspiring to distribute high-purity methamphetamine from Mexico in laundry detergent packets.
Galván had pleaded guilty to the charges in February 2021, and his sentence was handed down by a federal judge in Tampa, on the Florida coast, United States.
The Methamphetamine Distribution Plan
Galván had planned with others the distribution of the drug in Atlanta and Tampa during July and August 2021. He personally drove from Atlanta to Tampa to coordinate the sale of several kilograms of methamphetamine at a price of $5,700. He later agreed to make more shipments with a courier.
The Multi-pound Delivery of Methamphetamine
A courier took 1.89 kilograms of high-purity methamphetamine from Mexico to Florida and delivered it hidden in a bright green detergent box. The courier was paid $3,000 for the delivery of methamphetamine.
The following week, Galván and another courier agreed to deliver another multi-pound package of methamphetamine to Florida. However, police stopped the courier in Georgia and discovered approximately 4.9 kilos of methamphetamine hidden in two boxes of laundry detergent.
Galván Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
Authorities traced the investigation and found Galván guilty. Court documents indicate that Galván and others involved in the operation conspired to distribute methamphetamine imported from Guadalajara, Mexico.
The defendant had pleaded guilty in February 2021, and his sentence was handed down by a federal judge in Tampa, on the Florida coast, United States.
The case shows how drug traffickers use unconventional ways to distribute their products, including hiding drugs in everyday household items, such as laundry detergent. The sentencing of José Javier Galván sends a strong message to drug traffickers that they will face serious consequences for their actions.