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Las Vegas meth dealer gets 15 years behind bars

A Las Vegas drug dealer was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release Monday, according to the Nevada U.S. attorney’s office.

Saul Candelorio Gastellum-Sanchez, 29, pleaded guilty in May to one count each of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, unlawful re-entry of a deported alien and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Gastellum-Sanchez, who may also be known as Cervancio Perez-Zazueta, Bartolo Castillo, or Vampiro, was known for selling large amounts of meth, U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden said in a news release. Gastellum-Sanchez had accessibility to firearms and was considered a threat to public safety.

Gastellum-Sanchez did not act alone during his time as a drug dealer. Officials said he conspired with six co-defendants to sell 464 grams of meth from June 2012 to June 2013 to an undercover officer. Four of the co-defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison. One is a fugitive and trial is pending for another.

A federal search warrant was issued in June 2013 to Gastellum-Sanchez’ Las Vegas home, where law enforcement recovered over two kilgorams of meth, an AK-47 assault rifle, and two semi-automatic handguns.

The case was investigated by the DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, IRS Criminal Investigation and North Las Vegas police, and prosecuted by Assistnant U.S. Attorney Amber M. Craig.

Contact reporter Cassandra Taloma at ctaloma@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381.

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