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Nov. 8, 2011

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Cocaine Conviction Nets U.S. Citizen Almost 7 Years in Federal Prison

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Victor Manuel Trevino, a U.S. citizen who had been residing in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, has been sentenced to 81 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute approximately 36 kilograms of cocaine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Trevino, 36, this morning in federal Court in Brownsville.

At the time of his previous guilty plea, Trevino stipulated that on Aug. 14, 2010, Border Patrol (BP) agents stopped him at the Customs and Border Patrol Checkpoint near Falfurrias, in Brooks County, Texas. Appearing nervous, Trevino and the white tractor trailer he was driving were referred to secondary inspection. At that time, a BP K-9 alerted to the tractor trailer’s rear tires and 30 bundles of a white powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine, were discovered in non-factory metal boxes welded to two of the tractor trailer’s tires. Trevino  admitted to transporting the cocaine, which was to be transported to Houston.

Trevino has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The case was investigated by BP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Elena Salinas.