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MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR EAST TEXAS DRUG TRAFFICKING
Ordered to forfeiture of $10,000 and deportation
TYLER, Texas – A 25-year-old illegal alien living in Tyler, Texas has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Francisco Velazquez-Banderas pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2010, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider. Velazquez-Banderas was also ordered to forfeit $10,000.
According to information presented in court, on Nov. 2, 2009, Velazquez-Banderas was arrested following an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in the Tyler area. It was also determined that Velazquez-Banderas was illegally in the United States. He will be deported to Mexico after he has served his prison sentence.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment on July 14, 2010, charging Velazquez-Banderas and three others with federal drug trafficking crimes. Armando Velazquez-Castro was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, Saul Velazquez-Castro was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and Jose Francisco Moreno was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison.
This case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.