Sacaton woman sentenced to federal prison for selling methamphetamine on the Gila River Indian Community

October 20, 2017


Office of the United States Attorney



PHOENIX - On Oct. 17, 2017, Carmela Marvelle Lopez, 28, of Sacaton, Ariz., and a member of the Gila River Indian Community, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to 57 months in prison, followed by a term of three years of supervised release. Lopez had previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.


Between Feb. 19, 2016 and March 9, 2016, Lopez sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer on three separate occasions. Lopez conducted two of those methamphetamine sales at her former residence located on the Gila River Indian Community.


The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Gila River Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Christina J. Reid-Moore, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.