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Federal Jury Convicts Smith County Man of Drug Charges
TYLER, Texas – A 41-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been convicted of drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Bonifacio Nunez-Romero was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 15, 2012, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity. The jury deliberated for an hour following a three day trial before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.
According to information presented in court, up until September 2011, Nunez-Romero conspired with another person to acquire and distribute more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine throughout the Tyler, Texas area. Evidence indicated that Nunez-Romero was distributing methamphetamine manufactured in Mexico and was also selling heroin. Nunez-Romero was in possession of firearms, a military flak jacket and body armor.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 5, 2011, charging Nunez-Romero with federal violations.
Nunez-Romero faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.