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Texas Descent and Distribution Law
 
Barry Lynn McCurtain v. The State of Texas

The relevant facts are undisputed. On September 4, 2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m.,
Officer Jeremy Petty was driving in the center lane of a three lane road in Frisco, Texas. In front
of him and to his right was a Honda Civic following a pick-up truck. Officer Petty testified it
was dark outside and traffic was light. According to Officer Petty, the Honda would “drive up
... More...
   $0 (07-19-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Raymond Villarreal

Del Rio, TX - Former Del Rio Police Officer Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison

A federal judge sentenced 43-year-old former Del Rio police officer Raymond Villarreal to seven years in federal prison for drug distribution.

At sentencing, United States District Judge Alia Moses also ordered that Villarreal pay a $3,000 fine and be placed on supervised release for a period o... More...
   $0 (07-14-2016 - TX)

Milton Tyrone Dearborn v. The State of Texas

In March 2014, the Texas City Police Department was informed that drugs were being sold out of Apartment 711 at Heritage 9th Avenue Apartment Complex. Soon after receiving the tip, Officer Rhone began investigating the apartment. For approximately one month, Officer Rhone conducted early morning surveillance of the apartment two to three times per week for thirty to forty-five minutes each time.... More...   $0 (07-12-2016 - TX)

Omar Bashir Mohammed v. The State of Texas

On the morning of February 15, 2014, 73-year-old Terence Pinkston took
his daily walk in Arlington. Pinkston, owner of a graphic design business, had been
an avid runner since the 1960s, completing four marathons and numerous other
races before taking his doctor’s advice and trading running for walking due to
ongoing knee problems. On this day, Pinkston was walking without hi... More...
   $0 (07-11-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Eric Fabian Cruz

Dallas, TX - Multi-Convicted Felon Sentenced to Serve 188 Months in Federal Prison on Drug Distribution and Firearms Convictions

Eric Fabian Cruz, 25, of Dallas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to serve a total of 188 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in January 2016 to methamphetamine distribution and firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Jo... More...
   $0 (06-30-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Francisco Balderas a/k/a “Frank” or “El Profe”

Del Rio, TX - Eagle Pass Man Sentenced to 18+ Years Imprisonment on Federal Drug Charge

Francisco Balderas (aka “Frank”, “El Profe”), age 36, was sentenced to 220 months in federal prison for his role in a cocaine distribution conspiracy operating in the Eagle Pass, TX, area.

In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Alia Moses ordered that Balderas pay a $10,0... More...
   $0 (06-09-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Ronald Michael Mansolo

Austin, TX - Leander Doctor Pleads Guilty to Illegal Prescription Drug Distribution

Leander physician 47–year-old Ronald Michael Mansolo pleaded guilty to writing prescriptions for controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose.

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge Mark Lane, Dr. Mansolo pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful dispensing of controlled subst... More...
   $0 (06-09-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Jackie Lee Whitt

Abilene, TX - Abilene Man Sentenced To 10 Years in Prison For Having Images of Prebubescent Child Port On His Cell Phone

A 69-year-old Abilene, Texas, man, Jackie Lee Whitt, was sentenced to serve 120 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in February 2016 to one count of access with intent to view prepubescent child pornography.

According to documents filed in the ... More...
   $0 (06-11-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Jorge Betancourt

Corpus Christi, TX - Robstown Man Sent to Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

A 37-year-old Robstown man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of distribution of child pornography. Jorge Betancourt, of Robstown, pleaded guilty March 1, 2016.

Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head took into consideration Betancourt’s statement in court that he underst... More...
   $0 (05-25-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Felipe Carmona-Rodriguez

Del Rio, TX - Eagle Pass Businessman Sentenced for Cocaine Distribution

Felipe Carmona-Rodriguez, 51, of Eagle Pass, Texas was sentenced on federal narcotics trafficking charges announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph Arabit, Houston Division, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.

Carmona-Rodri... More...
   $0 (05-25-2016 - TX)

Patrick Ladon Scroggins v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted appellant for possession with intent to deliver more than one, but
less than four, grams of cocaine and possession of less than one gram of heroin. The indictments
also included allegations that (1) appellant committed the offenses in a drug-free zone, (2)
appellant used or exhibited a firearm in the commission of the offenses, and (3) appellant had a
pri... More...
   $0 (05-20-2016 - TX)

Jesus Eduardo Sanchez v. The State of Texas

While working as an undercover narcotics agent, Detective Jaime Flores obtained a cell
phone number from a Victor Ortega, for an individual that Ortega identified as “Krusty,” for
purposes of purchasing narcotics. On November 10, 2011, using that number, Flores contacted
“Krusty,” whom he later identified as Appellant, and arranged to purchase “ecstasy pills”1 from
him at Ort... More...
   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Casey Rose

Dallas, TX - ABT Member Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison on Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy and Firearm Convictions

Defendant Arrested in November 2014 Operation Targeting Members and Associates of Various White Supremacist Organizations

Convicted Aryan Brotherhood of Texas member Casey Rose, 36, of Mesquite, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to ... More...
   $0 (05-05-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Robert Hahn

Tyler, TX - Former Tyler Insurance Agent Sentenced To 36 Months In Prison For $5.4 Million Dollar “Ponzi” Scheme

64 year old former agent victimized more than sixty former clients, friends, and associates.

A 64 year old former insurance agent was sentenced to serve 36 months in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering.

Robert Hahn, a former Tyler, Te... More...
   $0 (04-19-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Andres Hernandez, Jr., a/k/a “Gordo" and Griselda Hernandez

Dallas, TX - Convicted Husband and Wife Sentenced to Additional Time in Federal Prison After Admitting They Interfered with the Government's Seizure of Their Property

A previously-convicted husband and wife from Dallas, who admitted selling property the government had planned to seize in connection with a marijuana trafficking and money laundering investigation, were sentenced to serve ad... More...
   $0 (04-26-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Cory Gosnell

El Paso, TX - Fabens, TX Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

Cory Gosnell, age 34, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for receipt and distribution of child pornography announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso.
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   $0 (04-17-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Cleto Tarin and Hector Saldivar

Fort Worth, TX - 14 Convicted in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

Following a one-day trial yesterday before U.S. District Judge John McBryde, a federal jury convicted Cleto Tarin, 52, most recently of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and Hector Saldivar, 33, of Wichita Falls, Texas, each on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine... More...
   $0 (04-13-2016 - TX)

Dale Thomas Burns v. The State of Texas

Dale Thomas Burns appeals his conviction for unlawfully possessing body armor.
His three issues involve the sufficiency of the evidence, the admission of an audio
recording, and the trial court’s decision to permit the jury to view a transcription of
excerpts from the aforementioned recording. The recording occurred after appellant
was arrested and while he awaited transport ... More...
   $0 (04-02-2016 - TX)

Jennifer Leann Watson v. The State of Texas

On September 19, 2013, the trial court placed appellant on community
supervision subject to certain conditions, including that she commit no new offenses,
report to a community-supervision officer, submit to random urine-specimen testing,
participate in certain programs, and pay fines and fees as assessed. In its motion to
adjudicate appellant’s guilt, the State alleged that s... More...
   $0 (03-22-2016 - TX)

Julie Chau v. Harlingen Medical Center

Elizabeth Yzaguirre, Director of ICU Nursing at the Center, hired Chau, a
registered nurse of Vietnamese descent, on September 17, 2010. Chau was initially
assigned to the night shift in ICU. Payton McCloskey, a registered nurse, was assigned
as a “preceptor” to help train and mentor Chau.
Chau contends that, on her first night at work, McCloskey asked if she was Filipino. ... More...
   $0 (03-20-2016 - TX)

Larry Long and Woodbine Production Corporation v. Miken Oil, Inc. and Mike Tate

On September 1, 2000, Bonanza Production Company conveyed its interests in two oil and gas leases, known as the Young and Thrash leases, to Long and Tate. By this conveyance, Tate and Long purchased a seven-eighths interest in the two leases. The instrument expressly stated that the interests conveyed are to be divided equally between Tate and Long. Woodbine Production Corporation was the opera... More...   $0 (03-20-2016 - TX)

Shawna Phalene Johnson v. The State of Texas

McGregor Police Department Special Investigator Jose Coy sought a warrant to
search a residence for items that constituted evidence of the illegal distribution of
marijuana and to arrest those who were in charge of and controlled the residence. Coy
submitted the following affidavit in support of the warrant:
The undersigned Affiant, being a Peace Officer under the laws of Texa... More...
   $0 (03-18-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Alvino L. Saenz

Albuquerque, NM - Mescalero Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charges

Defendant is One of 34 Individuals Charged as Part of Investigation into Methamphetamine Trafficking on the Mescalero Apache Reservation

Alvino L. Saenz, 49, an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Mescalero, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court in L... More...
   $0 (03-16-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Dameon Blackburn

Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography Involving Two Toddlers

Michael Dameon Blackburn, 30, of Albuquerque, N.M. pleaded guilty in federal court to producing, distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography involving two toddlers. Blackburn entered his guilty plea under a plea agreement that permits him to appeal from a court order denying... More...
   $0 (03-14-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. David Aaron Diaz

El Paso, TX - El Paso Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

David Aaron Diaz, age 35, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for receipt and distribution of child pornography.

In addition to the prison term, Senior United States District Judge David Briones ordered that Diaz be placed on supervised release for ten years... More...
   $0 (03-04-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Raul Casarez

McAllen, TX - Weslaco Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Convictions

Raul Casarez, 35, of Weslaco, has been ordered to prison following his conviction on one count of production of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) - San Antonio... More...
   $9500 (03-04-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Dang Hai Nguyen, Carry Le, Son Kim Lee, Lam Thanh Ho, Hien The Nguyen, Tuan Anh Le and Tuan Anh Nguyen

Houston, TX - Seven Ordered to Federal Prison for Extensive Marijuana Grow House Operation

Three leaders and four others have been ordered to federal prison for their roles in a hydroponic marijuana growing conspiracy operating in and around Houston, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. All had previously entered guilty pleas in the case.

Dang Hai Nguyen, 37, and his wife, C... More...
   $0 (03-04-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Crystal Yvette Martinez and Tina Marie Trevino

Brownsville, TX - Two Women Head to Prison for Distribution of Methamphetamine

Crystal Yvette Martinez, 25, and Tina Marie Trevino, 24, both of Brownsville, have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions related to the distribution of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Martinez was convicted Nov. 19, 2014, following a two-day trial, while Trevino... More...
   $0 (03-03-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Charles Richard Burks

Dallas, TX - Mansfield, Texas, Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Producing and Distributing Child Pornography

Charles Richard Burks, 67, of Mansfield, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to serve a total of 20 years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in November 2015 to one count of production of child pornography and one count of distribution ... More...
   $0 (03-04-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Armando Luna and John Paul Luna

Dallas, TX - Methamphetamine and Cocaine Traffickers Arrested in "Operation Oak Cliff" Sentenced to Lengthy Federal Prison Sentences

The last of 15 defendants charged and convicted in a methamphetamine and cocaine distribution conspiracy that operated in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, and elsewhere, has been sentenced to a lengthy federal prison sentence, announced U.S. Attorney John Parke... More...
   $0 (02-26-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Grover Lee Roberts

Beaumont, TX - Orange, Texas Resident Sentenced For Gun And Drug Charges

A 59 year old Orange, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to possess “crack” cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Grover Lee Roberts pleaded guilty on November 24, 2015, to Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base and Possession of a Fir... More...
   $10000 (02-17-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Ismael Rico

Fort Worth, TX - Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced to 400 Months in Federal Prison

The last defendant to be sentenced in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in North Texas for two years was sentenced to a lengthy federal prison sentence.

Ismael Rico, 32, of Dallas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to serve 400 months in federal prison, foll... More...
   $0 (02-19-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Nathan Bryant Cooper

Fort Worth, TX - Haltom City, Texas, Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

A Haltom City, Texas, man, Nathan Bryant Cooper, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 120 months in federal prison terms for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Cooper has been in custody since his arrest i... More...
   $0 (02-09-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Lee Martinez

Galveston, TX - School Bus Driver Gets 500 Months for Producing and Distributing Child Pornography

A 46-year-old Galveston man has been ordered to federal prison for nearly 42 years for sexual exploitation of a child as well as possession and distribution of child pornography. Michael Lee Martinez pleaded guilty Sept. 11, 2015.

U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. handed Mart... More...
   $0 (02-11-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Miguel Bonilla

Fort worth, TX - Miguel Bonilla, 36, of Dallas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 360 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in October 2015 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, since approximately 2014, Bonilla and another co-conspirator supplied multi-ounce ... More...
   $0 (02-09-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Ana Maria Guerra-Sanchez and Florencio Galvan-Musico

Fort Worth, TX - Heroin Traffickers Sentenced

Two individuals, both in the U.S. illegally, have been sentenced for their roles in a heroin distribution conspiracy.

Ana Maria Guerra-Sanchez, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 95 months in federal prison. Last month, co-conspirator Florencio Galvan-Musico, also 23, was sentenced to 90 months in federal pr... More...
   $0 (02-09-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Robie Lynn Sims

Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Woman Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Harboring a Fugitive

A Fort Worth, Texas, woman, Robie Lynn Sims, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 18 months in federal prison for harboring a fugitive, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Sims pleaded guilty in October 2015 to one count of... More...
   $0 (02-09-2016 - TX)

Ismael Trevino v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted appellant Ismael Trevino of two drug offenses—possession of a
controlled substance, methamphetamine, in an amount of less than one gram and possession of a
controlled substance with intent to deliver, cocaine, in an amount of four grams or more but less than
two hundred grams—both arising out of a traffic stop. See Tex. Health & Safety Code §§ 481.115(a)
(person c... More...
   $0 (02-09-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Muhammad Aijaz Sarfraz

Sherman, TX - Pakistani National Sentenced in International Counterfeit Drug Conspiracy

A 52-year-old man from Karachi, Pakistan man was sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Muhammad Aijaz Sarfraz was convicted by a jury on May 14, 2015 of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute controlled substances and international mone... More...
   $0 (02-04-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. James Gatlin, Matthew Ryan Thompson and Celeste Monette Blair

Fort Worth, TX- Meth Traffickers Receive Lengthy Federal Prison Sentences

Two Texas men and a woman from Florida have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in North Texas for approximately two years.

James Gatlin, 40, of Garland, Texas, was sentenced U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 320 months... More...
   $0 (02-02-2016 - TX)

 
 
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