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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 26, 2021

Harrison County Woman Sentenced on Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charges

MARSHALL, Texas – A Marshall, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison today for drug trafficking crimes in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Rachel Naomi Hernandez, 32, pleaded guilty on September 23, 2020, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap.

“Drug trafficking organizations prey on vulnerable addicts for profit in an illegal marketplace that encourages violence and lawlessness,” said Acting U.S. Nicholas J. Ganjei.  “We are dedicated to dismantling these organizations and disrupting every link in their chain of supply.”      

According to information presented in court, on May 20, 2018, police stopped Hernandez for a traffic violation, during which she admitted to possessing a firearm.  The officer confirmed through dispatch that Hernandez was a convicted felon, and arrested her for being felon in possession of a firearm.  A subsequent search of Hernandez’s vehicle led to the discovery and seizure of 270 grams of methamphetamine, a pistol, various pills, vials containing suspected PCP, digital scales, and $4,762 in U.S. Currency.  Hernandez was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 18, 2019, and charged with violations of federal drug trafficking and firearms laws. 

This is an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Texas Department of Public Safety; the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office; and the Marshall Police Department.  OCDETF is the largest anti-crime task force in the country and its mission is to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States. The prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency task forces leverage the authorities and expertise of federal, state, and local law enforcement.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucas Machicek.

Updated February 26, 2021