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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2011

MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING VIOLATIONS

TYLER, Texas – A 32-year-old Mexican National has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Gabriel Hernandez Rodriguez, a Mexican National illegally living in Tyler, pleaded guilty on Feb. 8, 2011, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine and was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Rodriguez was also ordered to submit to forfeiture in the amount of $50,000.00.

                According to information presented in court, from an unknown date to Jan. 13, 2010, Rodriguez conspired with Jose Zavala of Whitehouse, Texas to distribute methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas.  Rodriguez also possessed a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.  Rodriguez was arrested on Sep. 28, 2010 and charged with federal drug trafficking crimes.

Zavala pleaded guilty on July 6, 2010 and was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison on Mar. 28, 2011. 

               This case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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