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MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS IN EAST TEXAS
Ordered to forfeit $5,000 and deportation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2011

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

Jose Zavala pleaded guilty on Mar. 3, 2010 to being involved in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Zavala was also ordered to submit to the forfeiture of $5,000 and will be deported upon completion of his federal prison sentence.

                According to information presented in court, from an unknown date until Jan. 20, 2010, Zavala conspired with others to distribute more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine in the Smith County area.  Zavala also admitted to being in possession of a firearm in relation tot eh drug trafficking violations.  Zavala was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 3, 2010 and charged with drug trafficking violations.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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