Lopez-Vasquez’s trial, before Cobb Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs, began Tuesday along with that of a co-defendant, Martin Munoz-Olveda.
Partway through the trial, Munoz-Olveda, 49, pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamines and was sentenced to 30 years, with 15 years to serve in prison, followed by 15 years on probation. Through an interpreter, Munoz-Olveda then testified against Lopez-Vasquez.
Late Thursday, the jury found Lopez-Vasquez, 33, guilty of trafficking in methamphetamines, as well as possessing the drug. He was acquitted of manufacturing methamphetamines.
On Friday morning, Grubbs sentenced Lopez-Vasquez to 30 years to serve and fined him $1 million. Lopez-Vasquez, a native of Mexico, is subject to deportation.
At trial, Assistant District Attorney Shepard Orlow presented evidence that Lopez-Vasquez and Munoz were among those living at a “stash” house on Glendale Circle in Smyrna last Sept. 26 when agents searched the property and found 17 pounds of methamphetamines with an estimated street value of $750,000.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Marbutt noted that the home was set up as a conversion lab and that large quantities of unfinished meth were found in the garage near implements used for conversion.
Lopez-Vasquez was represented by Atlanta attorney James Gibert. Marietta attorney Jason Treadaway represented Munoz-Olveda.
Charges are still pending against a third codefendant, Jorge Alcantar-Alvarado.
— From staff reports