Dwayne Anthony Cruz was sentenced by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood in the United States District Court, last week to 10 years imprisonment for attempted possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and five years imprisonment for possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, both terms to run consecutively.
After serving his sentence, Cruz will be placed on supervised release for five years for Count 1 and three years for Count 2, to run concurrently, and is required to pay a $200 special assessment fee, and attend a substance abuse program.
On Feb. 7, 2013, a U.S. Postal Inspector seized a package containing 1,189 grams of methamphetamine. On Feb. 8, 2013, another package containing 1,722 grams of methamphetamine was seized again by a U.S. Postal Inspector. Both packages were addressed to Cruz’s family home. The agents conducted a controlled delivery of the second package to the defendant. He told the undercover agent that he was the person to whom the package was addressed. Agents moved in and arrested him. Agents removed the package from an SUV that Cruz had been driving. Agents also found a loaded 9mm handgun in the SUV.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons. (USAO)