Local Man Convicted of Firearms Charge Related to Trafficking Drugs
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 41-year-old Corpus Christi man has entered a guilty plea to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
On Oct. 20, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a federal narcotics search warrant at the home of Eduardo Ignacio Reyes in Corpus Christi. During the search, authorities seized a loaded 9mm handgun and a safe in his bedroom, which contained approximately 430 grams of cocaine, $2,000 and 9mm ammunition. The officers also discovered additional cocaine and a second loaded handgun within the residence.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos accepted the plea today and set sentencing for Sept. 11, 2018. At that time, Reyes faces a minimum of five years and up to life in prison as well as a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.
The South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the case.