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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Texas Syndicate Gang Member Ordered to Federal Prison

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A member of the Texas-based prison and street gang known as the Texas Syndicate has been ordered to federal prison for narcotics trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Juan Matias Trevino, 29, of Brownsville, pleaded guilty Feb. 2, 2016, to possession with intent to distribute one kilogram of methamphetamine.

Today, U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera handed Trevino a 262-month prison sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. As part of the sentence, Judge Olvera found Trevino was a career-offender and a leader-organizer in the drug trafficking scheme. 

Trevino was arrested Oct. 25, 2015, after organizing the shipment of one kilogram of methamphetamine from a Brownsville bus station to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area. The narcotics were to be distributed thereafter in the northeast. Law enforcement had been conducting surveillance on Trevino for weeks and observed activities consistent with narcotics trafficking. He was arrested and the narcotics were seized prior to departure from Brownsville.

Trevino will remain in custody.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Unit conducted the joint investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Corley prosecuted the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated September 14, 2016