News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 31, 2010

Odessa Nortena Band Singer Sentenced to Federal Prison in Two Separate Drug Cases

AUG 31 -- Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration–El Paso Division and United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in Midland, 27-year-old Odessa resident Jose Alfredo Porras-Muniz, the lead vocalist for the Nortena band, Los Diamentes de Ojinaga, was sentenced to a total of 235 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release after being convicted on federal drug charges.

On May 20, 2010, a jury in Pecos, Texas, convicted Porras-Muniz of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in two separate drug smuggling cases. In the first case, the jury found that on July 16, 2009, Porras-Muniz arranged for the smuggling of approximately 77 pounds of marijuana into the United States through the Port of Entry in Presidio, Texas. In the second case, jurors found that Porras-Muniz and others smuggled over 3,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States. On February 17, 2010, federal authorities seized the marijuana on Godbold Ranch Road in Presidio County and subsequently arrested Porras-Muniz. At that time of his arrest, the initial charge became unsealed.

During this morning’s hearing, United States District Judge Robert A. Junell sentenced Porras-Muniz to 60 months imprisonment on the initial smuggling incident and 235 months imprisonment for the second smuggling incident. Judge Junell ordered that both sentences run concurrent with each other.

These cases were investigated jointly by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service, Presidio, and the DEA HIDTA Task Force in Alpine, Texas, with cooperation by the U.S. Border Patrol, Marfa Station, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Presidio. Assistant United States Attorney James J. Miller, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

The DEA El Paso Division encourages parents, and their children to visit the following interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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