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Aug. 21, 2012

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South Texas Man Handed Federal Sentence in Houston for Cocaine Trafficking

HOUSTON – Donna, Texas, resident Jose G. Padilla, 26, has been sentenced today for his conviction for aiding and abetting in the possession with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Padilla pleaded guilty in March 2012. 

Today, U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison handed Padilla a 85-month sentence which will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Padilla’s sentence arises from his arrest on Feb. 22, 2011, when a Fayette County deputy sheriff stopped a truck driven by him for operating with defective safety equipment in Flatonia, Texas. After Padilla provided questionable statements, the deputy utilized a narcotics canine to check for the odor of narcotics. Padilla’s vehicle was searched and nearly eight kilograms of cocaine was found secreted inside the rocker panels on both sides of the truck. The evidence ultimately revealed he was knowingly transporting the cocaine out of state for further distribution.

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

The case was investigated by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shelley Hicks as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.