AHickory man was convicted Thursday of trafficking more than $5 million in high-grade crystal methamphetamine across Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.
A federal jury in Statesville found Eduardo “Lalo” Trejo-Munoz, 23, guilty of five drug-distribution charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.
In an odd twist, Trejo-Munoz was tracked, arrested and tried by a multi-jurisdictional task force named in his honor. “Operation Lay Low,” which involved law enforcement officers ranging from Homeland Security agents to Hickory police and Catawba County sheriff’s deputies, has contributed to more than 55 convictions on methamphetamine and firearms charges.
Prosecutors say Trejo-Munoz trafficked more than 50 kilos of near-pure crystal meth – about 500,000 doses of the highly addictive drug. Authorities placed the street value at $5 million.
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He sold his product primarily in Mecklenburg and Catawba counties from 2013 until his arrest in September 2014, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. He has been in federal custody since. Prosecutors say undercover agents bought almost 135 grams from Trejo-Munoz and seized about 54 grams and a handgun from his home.
A sentencing date has not been scheduled. He faces prison time ranging from 10 years to life, and a fine of up to $10 million.