CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 40-year-old Victoria man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possession with intent to distribute meth, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Michael Salazar pleaded guilty April 7.
Today, U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton ordered Salazar to serve 95 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by four years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard additional evidence of telephonic conversations during which Salazar discussed illicit drug sales and purchases. While in custody, Salazar also provided an individual with his Facebook login information and instructed her to “deactivate it” and “erase everything.”
Salazar was also identified as a member of the Tango Valluco, Tango Blast and Tango Houston gangs. In addition, the court learned of Salazar’s extensive criminal history that includes six prior drug convictions. Salazar committed the instant offense while serving a sentence for unlawful delivery of controlled substance.
On July 22, 2021, law enforcement was conducting surveillance on a female individual who had an outstanding warrant. However, the operation eventually led to Salazar who was driving East on Port Lavaca Highway with the woman in the passenger seat. Authorities attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but he did not initially comply. He eventually did as instructed.
At that time, authorities conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered a digital scale with meth residue in the center console. They also discovered a bag with crystal-like substance on the passenger side near the front right tire.
While stopped, Salazar told the female to take a bag he had removed from his pockets and run. She did but dropped the bag on the ground. At that time, Salazar yelled several times at the female to “take the charge.”
Laboratory analysis later confirmed the substance in the bag was in fact 22.65 grams of meth at 100% purity.
Salazar has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Parker Gochenour prosecuted the case.