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El Paso Man Convicted of Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Yesterday, a federal jury convicted JASON ALAN VILLEGAS, 28, of El Paso, Texas, of conspiring to distribute cocaine and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On February 19, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a two-count Superseding Indictment against Villegas.  Count 1 charged Villegas with conspiring to distribute cocaine.  Count 2 charged him with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.

Yesterday, after a two-day trial, a jury returned guilty verdicts on both counts.  Evidence at trial showed that on August 10, 2020, Villegas was arrested after a search of his vehicle at a traffic stop in Canadian County resulted in the seizure of approximately six kilograms of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment built into his vehicle.  Evidence at trial also showed that Villegas’ arrest on August 10, 2020 took place on his third such trip from El Paso for drug trafficking purposes.

At sentencing in approximately 90 days, Villegas faces a minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison and up to a life sentence for each count.  Each count also carries a fine of up to $10,000,000 and a minimum term of supervised release of five years following imprisonment.

This case is the result of investigations by Homeland Security Investigations and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Snyder and Travis Leverett prosecuted the case.

Reference is made to court filings for further information.

Updated May 6, 2021

Drug Trafficking