Nov. 10, 2009
FORMER DPS TROOPER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING CONVICTION
(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Former Department of Public Safety Trooper Jesus Rafael Larrazolo has been sentenced to federal prison without parole for possessing with intent to distribute 26 kilograms of cocaine, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
Larrazolo, 31, of Brownsville, was indicted in December 2008 and convicted in January 2009 after entering a plea of guilty to the federal cocaine trafficking charge. Today, United States District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Larrazolo to 87 months in federal prison without parole to be followed by a five-year-term of supervised release.
Larrazolo was arrested by officers of the Brownsville Police Department (BPD) and agents of the FBI’s Special Investigations Unit on Nov. 21, 2008, after they saw Larrazolo arrive in a Chevrolet truck, park next to another vehicle in the parking lot of a business located on the 2700 block of Pablo Kisel Blvd., retrieve two suitcases found to contain 26 kilograms of cocaine from that vehicle and load them into the rear seat of his truck. BPD officers approached Larrazolo as he stood by the driver’s side door of the Chevrolet truck in which he had arrived. Larrazolo, dressed in street clothes, identified himself as a DPS trooper.
Larrazolo has been in federal custody without bond since his November 2008 arrest and will remain in custody pending his transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future where he will serve his sentence.
Assistant United States Attorneys James McAlister and Toni Trevino prosecuted the case.
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