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Immigrant gets lengthy prison sentence for drug conviction

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

McALLEN, Texas – A 35 year-old Mexican citizen from Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been ordered to federal prison for conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Jesus Ivan Resendez-Gomez pleaded guilty Oct. 7, 2019.

Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered him to serve a 170-month sentence. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings following the prison term. In handing down the sentence, Judge Alvarez noted Resendez-Gomez’s prior 2014 federal conviction for possession with intent to distribute 307 kilograms of marijuana. Judge Alvarez also held him responsible for two additional drug transactions involving meth. The total weight of all three transactions was 2.9 kilograms.

At the sentencing hearing, Resendez-Gomez admitted that on March 13, 2019, he provided a kilogram of meth to a co-conspirator who had transported the drugs to a location in Palmhurst.

Resendez-Gomez 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 Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) “Operation Hold My Beer.” OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found on the Department of Justice’s OCDETF webpage.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Wells Jr. prosecuted the case.

Updated August 18, 2021

Drug Trafficking