NM man gets 5-years for Possession w/the intent to distribute pot


August 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A judge this week sentenced an Albuquerque, New Mexico man to 5-years in prison for Possession of Marijuana with the intent to distribute. Judge John Jarvey handed down the sentence against 34-year old Oscar Salinas-Olivas in Council Bluffs U-S District Court, on Tuesday. In addition Salinas-Olivas will serve 12 concurrent months for violation of his federal supervised release from New Mexico. The judge also ordered the man to serve six-years of supervised release following his incarceration, when he will be also subject to deportation.

On May 8th, 2013, Salinas-Olivas pled guilty to being in possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and admitted the violation of the terms of his supervised release. The charge was the result of a traffic stop by the Iowa State Patrol on January 16th, 2013. Salinas-Olivas was driving the vehicle when he was stopped for speeding. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of about 320 pounds of marijuana.

Salinas-Olivas was on supervised release from New Mexico at the time of his arrest, for a 2010 conviction of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. The investigation was conducted by the Iowa State Patrol, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and prosecuted by the U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.