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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Houston Man Guilty in Beaumont IH-10 Drug Trafficking

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 41-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

 

Fabian Paredes Alvarez, also known as Fabian Hernandez Alvarez, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

 

According to information presented in court, on Dec. 28, 2015, law enforcement officers received information that a described vehicle would be traveling to Beaumont, Texas to deliver methamphetamine. Officers observed the described vehicle and performed a traffic stop on the vehicle in the Eastern District of Texas. The driver was identified as Cody Drawhorn and there were three other passengers in the vehicle. A drug-detecting K-9 was then deployed to perform an open-air search of the vehicle and while arresting one of the passengers on an active warrant, officers located a used glass smoking pipe with residue believed to be methamphetamine in her purse. Drawhorn provided the officers with consent to search his vehicle. The vehicle was then searched and officers located approximately 6.5 ounces of methamphetamine packaged in 20 individually prepackaged baggies. Additionally, officers located two firearms inside the vehicle. The first one, which was identified as a black, Hi-Point.45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, bearing serial number X4271020, loaded with nine live rounds in plain view between the driver and front passenger seat. The second firearm also located inside the vehicle was identified as a black, Davis Industries P .380 caliber automatic pistol, bearing serial number AP156106, loaded with five rounds. Additional ammunition, small amounts of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia was also located inside the vehicle. Drawhorn later advised officers that he brought one of the passengers to Beaumont to drop off some methamphetamine there after they picked it up in northwest Houston from Drawhorn’s supplier he knew as “Rob Bos.” Drawhorn further admitted that he had been selling approximately one pound of methamphetamine per week that he obtained from “Rob Bos” to pay his bills. Phone analysis identified the person whom Drawhorn was receiving methamphetamine was Robert Borowski. The defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 7, 2016. Drawhorn pleaded guilty on Mar. 20, 2017. Robert Edward Borowski pleaded guilty on Mar. 15, 2017.

 

Under federal statutes, the defendants face up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

 

This case is being prosecuted under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) as a joint investigation. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking organizations, weapons trafficking offenders, money laundering organizations, and those individuals responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Englade.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated March 22, 2017