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Ten MS-13 gang members indicted on murder and racketeering charges | USAO-SDTX

GALVESTON, Texas – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging 10 alleged MS-13 gang members with crimes including racketeering conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to murder in aid of racketeering (VICAR), related firearms charges and obstruction of justice. “The charges in this case reflect the Justice Department’s commitment Read more…

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Three Nigerian Nationals Extradited to the United States from the United Kingdom for Participating in Business Email Compromise Fraud Schemes | USAO-SDTX

WASHINGTON – Three Nigerian citizens were extradited from the United Kingdom (UK) and arrived in the United States in relation to their alleged participation in multimillion-dollar cyber-enabled business email compromise (BEC) fraud schemes in the Western District of North Carolina, Southern District of Texas and Eastern District of Virginia. The Read more…

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Expired license plate stop leads to firearm conviction for Honduran | USAO-SDTX

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A federal jury in Corpus Christi has convicted a 27-year-old man for possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. The jury deliberated for approximately 45 minutes before convicting Carlos Javier Zelaya-Guerra following a two-day trial. On Feb. 5, authorities stopped Zelaya-Guerra in Sinton Read more…

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Shots fired call leads to conviction of San Benito man | USAO-SDTX

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 27-year-old man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing numerous firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Marco Antonio Moreno pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing four semiautomatic rifles and five pistols while under felony indictment. On May 8, 2021, law enforcement responded to reports of shots fired Read more…

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Jury finds driver guilty of smuggling seven in tractor cab | USAO-SDTX

LAREDO, Texas – A federal jury in Laredo has convicted a 39-year-old man from Petal, Mississippi, for smuggling seven undocumented aliens in the sleeper cab of his tractor-trailer, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. The jury deliberated for approximately 15 minutes before convicting Daniel McLaurin following a one-day trial. On April 22, Read more…

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Trafficking meth in an Igloo cooler results in prison time | USAO-SDTX

McALLEN, Texas – A 25-year-old Mexican citizen illegally residing in Monte Alto has been ordered to federal prison after admitting to possessing with intent to distribute 140 kilograms of meth, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Jose Maria Hernandez-Alvarez pleaded guilty Dec. 3, 2021. Today, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane Read more…

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“Out of practice” truck driver guilty of smuggling 110 in refrigerated trailer | USAO-SDTX

LAREDO, Texas – A 36-year-old border crossing Visa holder out of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has admitted to conspiring to transport an undocumented alien, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Marthin Rueda Alcorta pleaded guilty to his role in smuggling 110 undocumented individuals in a refrigerated trailer. On May 24, Rueda Read more…

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Mexican national admits to smuggling bundles of cocaine in car battery | USAO-SDTX

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 25-year-old woman has admitted to possession with intent to distribute more than four kilograms of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. On May 14, Marisol Sanchez-Sanchez attempted to drive a sport utility vehicle into the primary inspection lane of a Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint Read more…

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Repeat smuggler fleeing with law enforcement on car door heads to prison | USAO-SDTX

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 49-year-old Houston man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of smuggling undocumented aliens, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Alex Chamie pleaded guilty April 21.   Today, U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton ordered Chamie to serve 51 months in federal prison Read more…

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Foreign national gets nearly 20 years for smuggling over $1M in meth | USAO-SDTX

LAREDO, Texas – A 33-year-old Mexican citizen has been ordered to prison for conspiracy to import and importation of meth, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. A federal jury convicted Juan Victor Larraga-Solano Aug. 25, 2021, following a two-day trial. Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered that he Read more…

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Rap group sent to prison for drug scheme | USAO-SDTX

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –  A third individual has been sent to prison for his role in a large-scale narcotics distribution operation involving multiple properties throughout Corpus Christi, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. Javon Hicks aka Drank Nitti Kasino, 41, Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty April 5. Co-conspirator Dwayne Thompson aka Read more…

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Mexican Mafia supplier and local gang member guilty of drug and gun charges | USAO-SDTX

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 28-year-old man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm as a felon and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. On April 22, authorities executed a search warrant at Manuel Moya’s residence, at which time they discovered approximately 11.2 Read more…

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