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ILLEGAL ALIEN SENTENCED FOR DEALING COCAINE IN EAST TEXAS
TYLER, Texas – A 47-year-old illegal alien living in Tyler, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Manuel Venegas Gomez pleaded guilty on Mar. 25, 2011, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine and was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. Gomez was also ordered to forfeiture of $106,380 in cash and a judgment in the amount of $50,000.
According to information presented in court, up until Dec. 18, 2010, Gomez conspired with others to distribute more than 15 kilograms of cocaine throughout East Texas. Gomez and co-defendants were arrested packaging over $100,000 in cash to send to Mexico for cocaine sales. They were also in possession of two kilos of cocaine, methamphetamine and a firearm.
On Sep. 28, 2011, Jorge Alberto Gutierrez-Salinas was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and Santos Barrera-Mendoza was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison. The three men were indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 13, 2011.
This case was investigated by the DEA and the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.