Date: February 25, 2020
Sentencings – Felix Giovanni Ruiz Mendoza and Gustavo Ruiz Mendoza
On February 20, Felix Giovanni Ruiz Mendoza and Gustavo Ruiz Mendoza were sentenced to 18 and 19 years respectively for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Law enforcement officers searched two residences in Balch Springs. One of these homes were used as a methamphetamine lab to convert methamphetamine to a crystalline form. The brothers admitted to distributing the methamphetamine in the Dallas are for two months and sending proceeds to Mexico. Officers seized nearly $13,000 and three firearms from the residences.
These cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Dallas Field Office, the Dallas Police Department, Balch Springs Police Department, and IRS - Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by AUSA George Leal. To learn more about this case, click here.
Sentencing – Robert Lucas Poteet
On February 25, Robert Lucas Poteet was sentenced to a year and 6 months in federal custody for aiding in preparation and presentation of a false and fraudulent return. Poteet received tax paperwork from a coconspirator. Poteet reported a business loss of over $15,000, despite the coconspirator never saying that he owned a business. Poteet knew this was fraudulent, but nevertheless he submitted this return.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by AUSA Douglas Allen.