California Man, David Alexander Moralez Is Sentenced To 12 Years For Trafficking Methamphetamine
CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) Today, U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced David Alexander Moralez, Jr., 37, of Fresno, California, to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release for drug trafficking conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and distribution of methamphetamine, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. A federal jury convicted Moralez of the charges in November 2020.
According to evidence presented at trial, other court documents, and statements made in court, Moralez, who worked at a shipping company in Fresno, conspired with other drug traffickers to ship numerous parcels, each filled with multiple pounds of methamphetamine, from Fresno to various locations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, via the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx. As trial evidence established, two pounds of the shipped methamphetamine was further distributed and subsequently seized by law enforcement in December 2018, in Newton, N.C. and Hickory, N.C. Court records also show that members of the drug conspiracy used Walmart-to-Walmart transfers and Wells Fargo bank deposits to send proceeds back to California.
Judge Bell previously sentenced to prison three of Moralez’s co-defendants for their involvement in the conspiracy:
Chha Chham, 43, of Mooresville, N.C., was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years of supervised release.