Rose told Amaya-Salazar that the maximum sentence would be 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 or twice the amount of money. He also could be deported and restricted from re-entering the United States.
Amaya-Salazar’s federal public defender estimated his client’s non-binding, guideline sentencing estimate to be 37 to 46 months in prison.
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Law enforcement conducted surveillance March 16 in the area of 1502 Xenia Ave. in Dayton, according to a complaint and affidavit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.
The complaint, written by Springfield police officer and Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer Jason Via, said police had earlier stopped a different car that had thousands of dollars in bulk cash.
The complaint said law enforcement observed Amaya-Salazar carry a weighted bag, which he placed in his vehicle. Later, he was stopped for a traffic violation and a drug K-9 alerted to the odor of narcotics.
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In searching the car, officers found the cash and a small amount of heroin.
“Mr. Amaya-Salazar admitted that he knew that the money in the car represented the proceeds of drug sales,” Via wrote. “He indicated that he intended to deliver the money to an unknown Hispanic male.”
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