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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 23, 2017

San Angelo Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Role in Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

LUBBOCK, Texas — This morning, Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings sentenced Richard Jasso, 39, of San Angelo, Texas, to life in federal prison, following a federal jury conviction on one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams of more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

The government filed a notice of enhancement because Jasso has two previous “felony drug offenses.” The Court found those convictions were final and valid, then, by statute, the Court imposed a life sentence, without parole.

Jasso was convicted at trial in November 2016 and has been in custody since his arrest on July 13, 2016. Twelve defendants were charged in an indictment, most from the San Angelo area, and were arrested in a joint Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the San Angelo Police Department. The indictment charged various felony offenses stemming from their respective roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in San Angelo.

The government presented evidence at trial that Jasso delivered 54 net grams of pure methamphetamine to an individual working at the direction of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The buy took place in San Angelo.

With Jasso’s sentence, all 12 defendants charged in the indictment have been sentenced to the following federal prison sentences:

Rudolfo Ledesma Castaneda, Jr., 31, 360 months
Nancy Ann Flores, 41, 15 months
Adam Gabriel Castaneda, 30, 10 years
Daniel Roy Lombrana, 29, 87 months
Jesse Huerra, 31, Life
Antonio N. Flores, 52, 70 months
Bruno Rudolfo Velasquez, 32, 60 months
Joe Lopez, III, 33, 125 months
Jose G. Montez, 38, 151 months
Shayna Kaye McCann, 24, 10 months

The charges were dismissed against Silvia Prado, 36, of Austin, Texas.

The DEA, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Texas Department of Public Safety and the San Angelo Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Haag prosecuted.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 23, 2017