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Date: 06-01-2023

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United States of America v. Steve Lugo Leon

Case Number: 22-CR-362

Judge: G. Murry Snow

Court: United States District Court for the District of Arizona (Macriopa County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Phoenix

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Description: Phoenix, Arizona criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with possession with intent to distrubute 40 Grams or More of a Mixture or Substance Containing a Detectable Amount of Fentanyl.

Leon’s co-defendant, Rafael Ivan Valenzuela Chairez, 20, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced on the same day by Judge Snow to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Chairez pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Mixture or Substance Containing a Detectable Amount of Methamphetamine.

During the investigation, DEA agents determined that, on September 15, 2021, Leon arranged to sell fentanyl pills and methamphetamine at the Arizona Mills mall in Tempe, Arizona. Gila River Police Department officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the mall parking lot, but Leon, the driver of a Ford F-150, attempted to flee the scene. He collided with a third-party vehicle, causing it to turn on its side. Chairez, the front-seat passenger, attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended by officers. Leon continued to drive until he crashed the truck into a light pole. Agents located 12.83 kilograms of methamphetamine and 946 grams of fentanyl pills in the truck bed.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation in this case with assistance from the Gila River Police Department. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 70 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

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