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District of South Dakota

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Texas Man Sentenced For Distribution Of A Controlled Substance

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pearsall, Texas, man convicted of Distribution of a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 18, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. 
Ricardo Avila, age 53, was sentenced to 33 months of imprisonment, a $1,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Avila was indicted for the above charge by a federal grand jury on November 19, 2012.  He pled guilty on August 19, 2013. 

The conviction stems from an incident occurring on or about April 12, 2012, when an undercover officer was introduced to Avila, and a purchase of cocaine was arranged. Avila delivered to the undercover officer a substance that was confirmed to be 28.3 grams of powder cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. 

The investigation was conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case. 

Avila was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015