Man takes plea deal with state receives 25 years on two drug-related charges

Alfredo Salazar Amaro, 35, pleaded guilty to two charges of possession and manufacturing to deliver charges in exchange for a 25-year sentence behind bars.

While carrying out a search warrant on March 27, 2015, agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division seized 18.6 grams of heroin, electronic scales, narcotic packaging material and other drug paraphernalia from a residence at 809 W. Avenue Y.

On July 13, 2015, San Angelo Police Department officers obtained a search warrant of Amaro’s residence. The search produced several items including nine pieces of heroin weighing less than one gram, according to a press release from the 51st/119th District Attorney’s Office. Drug packaging material and drug paraphernalia were also located.

During an interview with police, Amaro admitted the heroin was his that he was distributing between five and seven “papers” per day. He also admitted to using heroin and told police he was distributing enough heroin to support his addiction, according to court records.

Amaro pleaded guilty to the charges in front of Judge Barbara Walther June 15. The state introduced evidence during his hearing that he had seven previous felony convictions on his record.

Testimony showed Amaro committed both drug offenses while on parole. Additionally, he committed the second felony while out on bond for the first felony.

A statement from the DA’s office said, “Heroin is an addictive and dangerous substance and those that engage in the distribution of heroin in our community should face harsh consequences.”

Editor’s note: This story was originally published June 15. It has since been updated after a press release from the DA’s office June 16.