DALLAS, Texas – A Dallas man will spend the rest of his life in federal prison after accepting a shipment containing $3.7 million worth of methamphetamine concealed under cauliflower.
In March, Joaquin Salinas, 48, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the purpose to distribute. Tuesday was sentencing day.
On August 29, 2021, Salinas allegedly received a cargo of more than 544 pounds of meth concealed behind cartons of cauliflower.
Agents said at the hearing that their investigation found the meth to have been imported from Mexico. The agents further stated that the defendant has ties to the Sureos XIII criminal street gang and the Puro Tango Blast street and prison gang, all of which had connections to Mexican drug cartels.
Agents testified that Salinas had four firearms in his residence to protect the drugs.
“Mr. Salinas chose to engage in this illegal behavior and must now live with the repercussions for the rest of his life.
Keeping these substances off the streets has saved lives, and DEA Dallas will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our North Texas communities “said DEA Dallas Special Agent Eduardo Chavez.
In June, one of Salinas’ co-defendants pleaded guilty to charges and is awaiting sentencing. Omar Jorge Valle Estrada, a co-defendant, has pled not guilty and is awaiting trial.