Evanston man could face life in prison, up to $20 million in fines for meth charges


An Evanston man could be facing 20 years to life in prison and up to $20 million in fines if convicted in federal court on drug-related charges. Sergio Gomez-Arteaga was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 24, in United States District Court in Cheyenne. He is facing one count of delivering 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and one count of possessing 50 grams or more of meth.

According to court documents, Gomez-Arteaga “did knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully combine, conspire, confederate and agree with other persons” to deliver the drug between December 2018 and April 23 of this year, when he was arrested by the Evanston Police Department at Aspen Cinemas. According to the police report, he was arrested for delivery, attempt/conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver.

He was still in custody from that arrest when the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office booked him again on May 29, for the outstanding federal warrant stemming from the grand jury indictment. 

Federal prosecutors filed a motion for a detention hearing on May 24, but the hearing has yet to be set. The prosecution, in court documents, argued that because Gomez-Arteaga is facing up to life in prison and is charged with two drug offenses that could result in 10 or more years in prison that there is a serious risk that he will flee. Prosecutors also said that keeping Gomez-Arteaga in custody during court proceedings ensures the safety of others and the community as a whole. 

Each of the two charges carries the possibility of a hefty sentence — 10 years to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $10 million.

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