Palmhurst man gets lengthy prison sentence for drug and firearm convictions
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
McALLEN, Texas – A 58-year-old Palmhurst resident has been ordered to federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Roberto Trevino-Mendoza pleaded guilty Oct. 7, 2019.
Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Trevino-Mendoza to serve a 262-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the court noted instances of Trevino-Mendoza selling firearms and involvement in the sales of kilogram quantities of meth. Judge Alvarez also referenced his prior convictions of aggravated robbery and burglary.
The investigation revealed Trevino-Mendoza had agreed to sell a kilogram of meth in February 2018. An individual came to his residence and provided $4,000 to in exchange for the drugs.
He later negotiated with that same individual in the purchase a firearm. They again met at Trevino-Mendoza's residence to exchange a Taurus, Model PT-111 Millennium Pro 9mm pistol. Trevino-Mendoza received $500 in return for the weapon.
Trevino-Mendoza was previously convicted of a felony. As such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition per federal law.
He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI lead the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF is the largest anti-crime task force in the country and its mission is to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States through prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency task forces that leverage the authorities and expertise of federal, state, and local law enforcement.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Wells Jr. prosecuted the case.
Updated March 29, 2021