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

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Houston Man Sentenced For Drug Trafficking Conviction In Liberty County

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

 BEAUMONT, Texas –  A 51-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Tomas Alonso Moreno pleaded guilty on Jan. 14, 2014 to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, on Oct. 22, 2013, Moreno was stopped in Liberty County, Texas for a defective brake light.  Moreno appeared nervous and was driving while his license was suspended.  He consented to a search of the vehicle after denying that he was carrying anything illegal.  As officers prepared to search the vehicle, Moreno confessed to having cocaine in the center console.  Officers located the cocaine and arrested Moreno.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Nov. 6, 2013, charging Moreno with drug trafficking violations. 

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

This case was investigated by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls. 

Updated March 12, 2015