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Fourth man sentenced for delivery of meth

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

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 32-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Brownsville has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute approximately a kilogram of meth, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Raul Perez pleaded guilty Oct. 1, 2019. 

U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera has now ordered Perez to serve 125 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard additional evidence that detailed his involvement with others in the distribution of meth and other drugs in the Brownsville area.

Perez was the fourth of the conspirators convicted and sentenced for the delivery. Others included Eduardo Guerrero, 33, Rodolfo Garza, 31, and Jacob Trujillo, 24, all of Brownsville who received 90, 144 and 120 months in prison, respectively. The final man - Jetzrael Saldana aka Jetz, 25, also of Brownsville will be sentenced Oct. 18.

In September 2018, law enforcement learned of certain individuals who were interested in selling meth. The undercover investigation led to Guerrero and Garza who later sold 380 grams of meth and one kilogram of meth on two occasions.

They met the buyers at a local business parking lot in Brownsville. Guerrero had displayed a handgun and said it was loaded but that he could be trusted. A black truck then arrived, and the driver – Trujillo - provided a cereal box containing the drugs to Guerrero.

Authorities later learned Perez had provided the drugs and loaned his black truck knowing it would be used for the delivery of the drugs. Saldana was present to provide counter-surveillance to ensure a successful delivery.

Perez will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Oscar Ponce prosecuted the case.

Updated September 18, 2023

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