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Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Serve 188 Months in Federal Prison on Conspiracy Conviction

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

DALLAS — A defendant charged in a major drug distribution conspiracy that operated in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and elsewhere was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 188 months in federal prison for his role in that conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.


Tony Ruvalcaba, a/k/a “Lil Tony,” 40, of Dallas, pleaded guilty in December 2015 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a schedule II controlled substance. 


In July 2015, Ruvalcaba and 45 others were indicted, following a law enforcement operation. According to the plea agreement factual resume filed in Ruvalcaba’s case, beginning in November 2012, Ruvalcaba conspired with Javier Guerra, aka “Chop,” Eduardo Ruvalcaba, Jose Guerrero, aka “JD,” Eusebio Martinez Ramirez, Jr., aka “Sip,” Kenneth Johnson, aka “KJ,” Alex Gonzales, Noel Escamilla, and others to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The defendants were supplied multi-kilogram amounts of methamphetamine which they then worked to distribute to various individuals.   


The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Dallas Police Department, and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation led the investigation with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety; the DFW Department of Public Safety; the U.S. Department of State; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Transportation Security Administration; the U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations; and the Fort Worth, McKinney, Mesquite, and Plano Police Departments.


Assistant U.S. Attorneys George Leal and John de la Garza were in charge of the prosecution.

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Lisa Slimak

Updated December 27, 2017

Drug Trafficking