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Local Man Gets 25 Years for Recruiting Individual to Transport Meth

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

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 25-year-old resident of Brownsville has been ordered to prison for 300 months for his role in recruiting a female to carry almost four kilograms of “ice” to Louisiana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Emmanuel Ravell pleaded guilty Oct. 31, 2017.

Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. imposed the sentence noting the serious nature of the trafficking in methamphetamine as well as the defendant’s prior lengthy criminal history. Ravell was further order to serve five years of supervised release following the sentence. He was also was sentenced to a concurrent 120 months for being a felon in possession of more than three firearms.

In 2016, Ravell was contacted by a local drug trafficking organization to find a drug “mule” to get a load of methamphetamine to Louisiana. Ravell recruited a young female from Brownsville to carry the load on a commercial bus line. Law enforcement intercepted the woman carrying the approximately-four kilograms of methamphetamine on her person. Ravell had strapped the drugs to her. .

Ravell was a convicted felon ineligible to purchase a firearm. However, in 2017, he purchased three firearms, including an AR-15, GGI rifle and .50 caliber Desert Eagle pistol.

Ravell remains in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the joint investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen Betancourt and Angel Castro prosecuted the case.

Updated December 20, 2018

Drug Trafficking