Armed drug trafficker sentenced to more than 14 years in prison
by Staff Reports
Mauricio Mario Baltazar, 21, of Lake City, Ga. was sentenced to 169 months in prison on Wednesday for his role as a supplier of more than three pounds of methamphetamine found at the time of his arrest, according to Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
According to court documents and court proceedings, from 2012 until the time of
his arrest in April 2013, Baltazar established an extensive methamphetamine
trafficking network that spanned from Georgia to North Carolina and
According to court records, on the day
of his arrest, Baltazar was traveling from Georgia transporting approximately
250 grams of methamphetamine (approx. 1,000 dosage units) and was on his way to
conduct a drug transaction at a hotel in Boone, N.C. Law enforcement
seized the drugs from Baltazar during a traffic stop and Baltazar was arrested.
Court records indicate that when law
enforcement executed a search warrant at Baltazar's residence in Georgia, they
found a 12-gauge shotgun, a rifle with scope, a ballistic vest, as well as
Court records indicate that law
enforcement also found a cell phone which contained numerous photographs of
Baltazar holding an assault rifle, handguns with high-capacity magazines and
tactical lights, high-powered rifles and a pump action shotgun.
had pictures of bulk currency fanned out with stacks of $100, $50, and $20
According to court records, inside Baltazar's residence, law enforcement also
found "Sur13" gang graffiti consistent with gang-related tattoos on Baltazar's
body. Sur 13, also known as "Sureņos" or "Southside," are loosely
affiliated gangs that pay tribute to the Mexican Mafia.
Baltazar will remain in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the
Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.
All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
This investigation was led by HSI with the assistance of the
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Boone Police Department, the Ashe County Sheriff's Office and the
Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.
The prosecution for the government is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte.