Several Lubbock residents will spend time in federal prison for drug and firearms convictions. 31-year-old Michael Ruiz Peralez of Lubbock was sentenced to 15 years in prison, after pleading guilty in January to several counts of an indictment, including one count each of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Co-defendant Bobby Joe Escobedo, a 42-year-old Slaton native, has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Also, 47-year-old Andrew Lee Reynolds, yet another co-defendant, has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in May.
In another related case, 44-year-old Juan Bustamante Jr. has been sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to one count with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. His co-defendant, 38-year-old Rene Benevides was sentenced to just over 11 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
In yet another case, 31-year-old Monica Alicia Garcia was sentenced to 14 years in prison, after pleading guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. 51-year-old Delma Pequeno pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a communications facility, and has been sentenced to 4 years in prison.