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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Houston Man Sentenced for East Texas Drug Trafficking Violations

BEAUMONT, Texas - A 44-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.


John Nealy Holt pleaded guilty on Aug. 5, 2016, to conspiracy to possess with intent to methamphetamine and was sentenced to 174 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.


On Mar. 5, 2015, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging 24 individuals with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and using facilities of interstate commerce to facilitate the interstate distribution of illegal narcotics. The defendants were responsible for trafficking methamphetamine to customers across the United States, including in the Eastern District of Texas. Over the span of the conspiracy, this drug ring obtained over 150 kilograms of methamphetamine from numerous Mexican sources of supply that was subsequently redistributed in Houston, Texas, Port Arthur, Texas, Southwest Louisiana, and other areas across the United States. During the course of the investigation, officers recovered numerous stolen automobiles and other valuable property, which investigators allege was acquired by members of the drug trafficking ring in exchange for methamphetamine.


This case is the result of an extensive 4 ½ year joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). 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. During the course of this operation, agents have successfully arrested over 38 individuals and have seized multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine, kilogram quantities of drug laced hallucinogen “gummy” candies, 22 firearms, over 400 lbs. of ammunition, and recovered 17 stolen automobiles, 5 stolen motorcycles, 2 stolen trailers, and hundreds of antiques. Holt was the final defendant to be sentenced as a result of this investigation. The other defendants were sentenced to federal prison as follows:


  1. Leslie Dianne Baron, 32, of Houston, 168 months;

  2. Christopher Dean Inman, 41, of Houston, 121 months;

  3. Leslie Lee Inman, 37, of Houston, 168 months;

  4. Eric Lazaro Castaneda, 38, of Houston, 87 months;

  5. Carlos Eduvijis Rosales, 38, of Houston, 151 months;

  6. Travis Alejandro Lyon, 34, of Houston, 60 months;

  7. Gilbert Gomez, 37, of Baytown, Texas, 292 months;

  8. Joshua Lee Lanman, 38, of Jersey Village, Texas, 60 months;

  9. Albert Cardenas, Jr., 23, of Houston, 87 months;

  10. Burton Paul Dupuy, 44, of Shreveport, LA, 24 months;

  11. Amado Tobar, 44, of Dallas, 137 months;

  12. Joseph Louis Henning, 58, of Houston, 200 months;

  13. Kenneth Sheldrick, 37, of Houston, 135 months;

  14. Luis Fernando Garcia, 23, of Port Arthur, Texas, 87 months;

  15. Gerardo Chavez, 38, of Nederland, Texas, 121 months;

  16. Alex Trejo, 28, of Lake Elsinore, CA, 80 months;

  17. Michael Broughton, 39, of Port Arthur, Texas, 63 months;

  18. Shawn Key, 37, of New Caney, Texas, 188 months

  19. Taber Price, 39, of Humble, Texas, 151 months;

  20. Britanny Danielle Beckham, 31, of Hearne, Texas, 33 months;

  21. Ricardo Cortes Lozano, 44, of Baytown, Texas, 12 months;

  22. Pablo Hernandez, 39, of Houston, 87 months; and

  23. Thurman Clevenger, 51, of Houston, 12 months.



    This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Beaumont Resident Office, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, the Port Arthur Police Department, and the Houston Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul A. Hable and Michelle S. Englade.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 17, 2017