Texas man tries to bring 406 pounds of meth, fentanyl, cocaine to Metro Detroit in truck full of wine

Roque Carranza-Alvarado sentenced to 14 years in prison

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ROSEVILLE, Mich. – A Texas man has been sentenced for hiding 406 pounds of methamphetamine, fentanyl, and cocaine in a truck full of wine and trying to bring it to Metro Detroit.

Michigan State Police troopers stopped a truck driven by Roque Carranza-Alvarado in the area of Parma, Michigan, on June 13, 2021. Troopers said he was heading to Metro Detroit.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted authorities to the cab of Carranza-Alvarado’s truck, and they said they found 286 pounds of methamphetamine, 60 pounds of a fentanyl analogue, 60 pounds of cocaine, and 800 grams of crack cocaine.

In total, the drugs found in the truck had a street value between $3 million and $4 million.

“This defendant was caught transporting a very significant amount of drugs that could have done untold damage to Michigan communities,” said Orville Greene, special agent in charge for the DEA.

Carranza-Alvarado, 28, formerly of Dallas, was arrested, and the drugs were seized.

Police said the truck was loaded with 1,100 cases of wine from California. The wine was supposed to be delivered to Roseville.

Troopers also seized $11,000 in cash.

Carranza-Alvarado pleaded guilty in March to three counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. He was sentenced Wednesday (Sept. 28) to 14 years in prison at the federal court building in Port Huron.

“Fentanyl and methamphetamine are poisoning our communities and killing our citizens,” U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison said. “We will aggressively pursue and prosecute those who are harming our communities with dangerous drugs.


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