Edgar Marin-Melendrez, 29, a citizen of Mexico, and Misael Elias, 22, of Bell, California, made their initial appearances in federal court yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach for allegedly possessing with the intent to distribute more than 60 pounds of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich of the District of Nevada and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Neill of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Marin-Melendrez and Elias were each charged in a criminal complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach for Sept 1.
As alleged in the complaint, on Aug 14, Marin-Melendrez and Elias met a buyer in a parking lot in North Las Vegas, with the intent to sell more than 60 pounds of methamphetamine. Law enforcement apprehended Marin-Melendrez and Elias in the parking lot. The trunk of their vehicle contained approximately 28,000 grams (62 pounds) of methamphetamine in a suitcase.
Marin-Melendrez and Elias each face a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine for each count. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only.
A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct for purposes of establishing probable cause, not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
This case was the product of an investigation by the DEA.