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California Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking Violations in East Texas

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

TYLER, Texas - A Bakersfield, CA man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Pablo Antonio Sandoval, 24, pleaded guilty on August 8, 2022, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 170 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle on April 18, 2023.

According to information presented in court, in October 2021, Sandoval supplied more than 500 grams of methamphetamine to drug dealers in Cherokee County, Texas, which he sourced from suppliers in California.  Sandoval was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas in April 2022.

This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Jacksonville Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucas Machicek.

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Updated April 19, 2023

Drug Trafficking