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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 26, 2021

Defense attorney convicted

McALLEN, Texas – A 48-year-old resident of Mission has pleaded guilty to violating the Travel Act by unlawfully accessing federal documents in order to assist a known drug trafficking organization, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Eric S. Jarvis is a licensed criminal defense attorney out of McAllen. Today, he admitted to using a cellular phone and the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database to assist and promote the drug trafficking activities of known drug traffickers since at least July 24, 2017, through May 10, 2021.

Jarvis admitted to assisting drug trafficker Angel Aziel Herrera and his successors in Mexico. He helped the drug trafficking organization by obtaining documents that provided information regarding co-conspirators during the ongoing investigation. Jarvis knew criminal complaints had documented loads that law enforcement seized from the organization. He also knew Herrera and his successors could and would provide the complaints to their sources of supply in order to continue receiving drugs from their sources of supply for importation and distribution into the United States.

Jarvis admitted to obtaining the criminal complaints from PACER on at least eight occasions from July 24, 2017, through May 2021 and providing them to Herrera and/or his co-conspirators by WhatsApp or hand delivery. 

He also admitted to accepting drug trafficking proceeds from Mexico as payment from Herrera to represent other co-conspirators working for the organization in criminal matters.

As part of the plea, Jarvis also agreed to the forfeiture of $8,000 in drug trafficking proceeds he received as payment for his criminal actions.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa accepted the plea today and set sentencing for Oct. 1, at which time he faces up to five years in prison. He was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

Homeland Security Investigations and FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, Customs and Border Protection, Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Roberto Lopez Jr. is prosecuting the case.

The plea is a result of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation dubbed Operation Dead Men Walking. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States. It uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated July 26, 2021