Federal Jury Convicts Tarrant County Man In Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy
FORT WORTH, Texas — Following a two-day trial in federal court in Fort Worth, Texas, before U.S. District Judge John McBryde, a federal jury has convicted Jermaine Duane Irvin, 41, on a superseding indictment charging one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Irvin, who has been in custody since his arrest at his home in Arlington, Texas, on February 28, 2013, faces a statutory penalty of 10 years to life in federal prison and a $5,000,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 13, 2013 by Judge McBryde. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Irvin and four others, Christopher Gamez, of Arlington; Osamu John Hack of Grand Prairie, Texas; Maria Guadalupe Contreras; and Alex Plasencio III, also of Arlington; were charged with running the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Arlington area from August 2012 to late February 25, 2013. Gamez, Contreras, Hack and Plasencio were arrested in late February 2013 and have each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
This Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Josh Burgess and Shawn Smith are in charge of the prosecution.