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Anderson County Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

TYLER, Texas – A 45-year-old Palestine, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Edwin William Pacheco pleaded guilty on Feb. 11, 2015, to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

According to information presented in court, on Aug. 29, 2014, Pacheco delivered approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine to another person in Palestine, Texas.  From Aug. 29, 2014 to Oct. 24, 2014, Pacheco distributed at least 10 grams of methamphetamine in Palestine receiving about $2,500.  On Sep. 3, 2014, a search warrant was executed at Pacheco’s residence located on W. Debard Street in Palestine.  During the search, the officers recovered a .380 caliber pistol, loaded with four bullets, from above a ceiling tile in the hallway of the residence.  The officers also recovered numerous rounds of assorted ammunition from a shed on the premises.

Pacheco is a citizen of El Salvador and will face deportation upon his release from prison.

            This case was investigated by the Palestine Police Department, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

Updated June 11, 2015

Drug Trafficking