When Grand Prairie police escorted a woman to her boyfriend’s apartment in February so she could get her things and leave him, they found more than they expected above his refrigerator.
The officers found $40,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine stashed in Tupperware, according to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.
That pound of meth landed Nicolas Guaderrama a 40-year prison sentence and a $100,000 fine.
A Tarrant County jury convicted and sentenced Guaderrama Thursday for possession of a controlled substance over 400 grams with the intent to deliver. He had 491 grams in his apartment, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.
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On Feb. 7, Guaderrama’s estranged girlfriend called police and said she had been assaulted by him and wanted to leave him, accoridng to the release. Officers agreed to escort her to his apartment off Texas 360.
When police arrived, they asked him if he had any weapons, he said no and he let them search his place, according to the news release.
Guaderrama was arrested after police opened a cabinet in his kitchen and found two Tupperware containers of methamphetamine, both with his fingerprints on them.
Police later found that he was in the United States from Mexico illegally.
Possession of a controlled substance over 400 grams with the intent to distribute is the highest drug penatly class on the state level in Texas.
“The scars that drugs leave on a community are deep — families fall apart, crime increases, people die,” prosecutors Kim D’Avignon said. “Drug dealers push poison onto our streets and profit in the money they make off the backs of broken families. This verdict is proof that we as a community can push back.” —Monica S. Nagy