By Joe Beck
HARRISONBURG -- Two men, both illegal immigrants, were sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to prison sentences for drug offenses linked to the sale of methamphetamine around Stephens City and Winchester.
Judge Michael F. Urbanski sentenced Jose Luis Ibarra-Ayon to 10 years in prison and five years supervised probation as a result of Ibarra-Ayon's plea of guilty to a charge of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in amounts of 50 grams or greater.
A co-defendant, Agustin Solis-Viveros, received a lighter sentence of three years and four months in prison and two years supervised probation on the same charge as Ibarra-Ayon.
Urbanski also ordered both men to report to immigration officials for deportation proceedings after they have served their sentences.
In a sentencing memorandum, Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Wright said the defendants were distributing methamphetamine that was 100 percent or nearly 100 percent pure, a level she described as "almost unparalleled."
Urbanski cited several reasons for why he was giving Solis-Viveros a lighter sentence than federal sentencing guidelines, including the defendant's lesser role as a middleman in the conspiracy, his youthful age of 20, cooperation with law enforcement, a lack of a previous criminal history and the brevity of the conspiracy, which spanned a period from November 2012 to January 2013.
But the judge also issued a warning to Solis-Viveros.
"Listen carefully," Urbanski told Solis-Viveros. "After you serve your time, go home to Mexico, go home to Mexico, lead a lawful life there. Do not come back to the United States."
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