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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2013

Smith County Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking in East Texas

TYLER, Texas – A 41-year-old Tyler, Texas man was sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations 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 and was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison today by 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 methamphetamine in the Tyler, Texas area.  Evidence presented at trial showed Nunez-Romero was distributing methamphetamine manufactured in Mexico and also selling heroin.  He was also found in possession of firearms, a military flak jacket and body armor.  Nunez-Romero was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 1, 2012 and charged with drug trafficking violations. 

            This case is the result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) joint investigation.  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. 

            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.

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