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May 25, 2011

Floridian Sentenced for Southeast Texas Marijuana Bust

                BEAUMONT, Texas – A 33-year-old Riverview, Florida man has been sentenced to federal prison for his part in a wide-scale drug trafficking conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. 

                Eddie Olmos pleaded guilty on June 24, 2010 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. 

                Evidence presented in court showed that in 2006 and 2007, the conspiracy was responsible for shipments of marijuana in excess of 66,000 pounds.  The marijuana, supplied by the Gulf Cartel, was smuggled from Mexico into the southeast Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and was staged in San Benito and Devine, Texas.  From there, it was transported by commercial trucks through the Eastern District of Texas to Georgia, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania. 
Previously, trucker-driver, Brian Holmes, 51, of Austell, Georgia, was convicted on Oct. 4, 2010, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, two counts of interstate travel in aid of racketeering, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison and ordered to forfeit an 18-wheeler and $1.5 million.
According to information presented in court, on Sep. 15, 2007, federal agents stopped a vehicle registered to Holmes which contained over 6,000 pounds of marijuana.  Further investigation revealed that Holmes was involved in a major marijuana distribution enterprise responsible for bringing thousands of pounds of marijuana through the Eastern District of Texas for distribution throughout the country.  Olmos was a major distributor of marijuana in Florida and received substantial shipments of marijuana through this enterprise and escorted at least one shipment from Texas to Florida in February 2007.  Olmos was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 20, 2010.
This case was investigated by ICE/HSI, Coast Guard Criminal Investigative Service, DEA, Orange County Sheriff's Office Drug Interdiction Unit, Texas Department of Public Safety, Jefferson County Crime Lab, U.S. Border Patrol, ATF, and the Allentown, PA Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.



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