United States v. Sierra-Villegas, No. 13-2513 (6th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
A confidential informant told DHS that Garcia and Villegas were selling crystal meth in Michigan; he arranged a meeting between an undercover officer posing as a meth dealer and Garcia. The officer offered to purchase 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, which Garcia promised to provide. After they completed a smaller transaction, Garcia became suspicious, and, via the CI, asked to delay the transaction. The conspirators ultimately called off the deal, packed cash and methamphetamine into the wheel wells of a vehicle that Kellerman drove toward Kansas City. He was pulled over by police, who conducted discovered the meth. Garcia gave his wife $10,000 cash to buy Villegas a car to return to Kansas City. The cash included marked bills from the controlled buy. While looking at a vehicle, Villegas was arrested. The others were arrested and searches of their property revealed crystal meth, assault rifles, ammunition, cash, and other evidence. They pled guilty and testified against Villegas. Villegas received a 325-month sentence for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy. The Sixth Circuit affirmed, rejecting claims based on denial of his motion to compel disclosure of the informant’s name on the record and allow the informant to testify and sentencing enhancements for leadership, firearms possession, and obstruction of justice.