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01/09/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
An Atlanta man pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 53 kilograms (117 pounds) of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
05/11/2014
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Alexander Ortega, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle to 360 months in prison for each of the four counts of conviction, which are to be served concurrently. In handing down the sentence, Judge Tagle noted the amount of drugs involved and Ortega's role as leader of the conspiracy. Ortega will also be required to serve five years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.
02/09/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Following a one-day trial on Friday, a Brownsville federal jury found a former reserve officer for the Nueces County Constables Office guilty on three drug trafficking charges, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
02/01/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A Pasadena, Texas man, Roberto Bahena-Garcia, was charged Jan. 25 with federal firearms and drug trafficking violations in an investigation being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Liberty County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
12/14/2014
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Jose Luis Zavala, 38, from Brownsville, Texas, was arrested at his residence Dec. 12 without incident. Zavala appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan Dec. 15 and was formally charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana and bribery of a public official.
05/13/2013
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A jury convicted Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon Sept. 28, 2012 following seven days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation.
10/06/2014
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics

Francisco Javier Maya, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle Oct. 7 to 189 months for the conspiracy charge and 189 months on the possession charge.

11/16/2014
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Rafael Cardenas-Vela, aka Junior, aka Commandante 900, aka Rolex, was sentenced Nov. 17 by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to 240 months in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 in fines. A final order of forfeiture has also been entered for a $5 million money judgment and his interest in a real property on Bluewing Circle in Brownsville, which was purchased with drug proceeds.
06/14/2017
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics

Following a two-day trial and after about two hours of deliberation, Martin Araiza-Jacobo, a U.S. permanent resident who resided in Matamoros, Mexico, was convicted of conspiracy to possess and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver as well as conspiracy to import and importation of methamphetamine.

03/03/2016
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Crystal Yvette Martinez, 25, and Tina Marie Trevino, 24, both from Brownsville, were sentenced to 240 months and 75 months in federal prison, respectively.
11/04/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Edmundo Antonio Monroy Rivera was sentenced Monday to five years and 10 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute nearly 10 kilograms of cocaine in a case investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
02/21/2018
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics

Gerardo Leal, 33, U.S. citizen who was residing in Mexico, was sentenced Feb. 21 by U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera to 36 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release. Leal pleaded guilty to the charges July 19, 2017.  In handing down the sentence, Judge Olvera noted no matter the difficulties Leal may be encountering, he should do some prison time because there was no reason that existed in this world to break the law.

04/15/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A south Texas man was sentenced Monday to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison for smuggling tons of marijuana into the United States from Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
11/07/2011
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A Texas man was sentenced to six years and nine months in federal prison on Tuesday for possession with intent to distribute about 36 kilograms (79 pounds) of cocaine.
02/01/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Rigoberto Munoz-Vargas, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty on Thursday to possession with intent to distribute 1.3 kilograms (2.9 pounds) of methamphetamine and being an alien possessing a firearm. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)...
04/03/2015
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
Miguel Echevarria-Zuniga, 52, and Miguel Echevarria-Guizar, 22, both Mexican citizens, pleaded guilty April 3 to manufacturing marijuana in the area of Willacy County, Texas.
09/27/2012
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics
A high ranking member of the Gulf Cartel was convicted Sept. 28 regarding a drug trafficking conspiracy that spanned more than 10 years, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
01/09/2018
Brownsville, TX
Narcotics

On Jan. 9, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Oscar Erick Calvillo-Lores, 37, of Reynosa, Tamulipas, Mexico, to 10 years; Jose Manuel Portillo-Guerrero, 42, of Valadeces, Tamulipas, Mexico, was ordered to serve a total of 192 months in federal prison.

10/13/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to importing ecstasy illegally into the United States. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a fine of $2 million. This investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
09/28/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
An upstate New York woman who was convicted of conspiring to import ecstasy, was sentenced to time served, nine months home detention on electronic monitoring and three years of supervised release.
12/06/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
Theresa Zekia Shaw pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import a controlled substance after she attempted to smuggle ecstasy pills hidden under the back seat of a vehicle driven into the United States from Canada. This investigation is being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
11/30/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
An upstate New York man pleaded guilty to possessing, with the intent to distribute, marijuana. The charge carries a maximum term of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
09/06/2011
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
A Canadian resident pleaded guilty in a case in which law enforcement agents seized nearly 100 kilograms of cocaine. This case is believed to be the largest narcotics seizure in western New York history.
01/22/2014
Buffalo, NY
Narcotics
Parminder Sidhu from Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to export from the United States five kilograms or more of cocaine following a joint investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Peel Regional Police Service.

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