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Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 7, 2020

Judge in Del Rio Sentences Latin King Gang Member to Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

In Del Rio on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, a federal judge sentenced 40-year-old Bryan Torres, aka “Doughboy,” of Houston to 20 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Steven S. Whipple, Houston Division, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio Division, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Alia Moses ordered that Torres pay a $3,000 fine.

On March 23, 2017, a federal jury convicted Torres of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Evidence presented during trial revealed that during 2012 through 2015, Torres supplied methamphetamine to other Latin King gang members in Uvalde and San Antonio. 

Co-defendants Omar Barajas, Miguel Flores, Albert Guadalupe Mendoza, Jr., Andrew Hernandez, Nathan Wayne Ornelas, Ian Jon Gernandt, Samantha Nicole Houston Goodale, Matthew James Eldred, and Angelica Inguanzo all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Barajas is from Houston, Mendoza is from Austin, and the remaining co-defendants are from San Antonio.  Sentencings for the co-defendants ranged up to 216 months in federal prison.

This case resulted from an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Uvalde Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amy Hail and Justin Chung prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 7, 2020