Defendants Sentenced in Drug Distribution Conspiracy
WICHITA FALLS, TX—Two defendants, who pleaded guilty in June 2014 to their respective roles in a crack cocaine/cocaine powder distribution conspiracy that operated in Wichita Falls and McAllen, Texas, have been sentenced, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor sentenced Rodolfo Trevino, 34, of Wichita Falls, to a 97-month term of imprisonment. Trevino pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine base and one count of money laundering. Judge O’Connor also ordered that Trevino forfeit a residence located in the University Park subdivision in Wichita Falls, a Land Rover Range Rover, a Hummer H2, a firearm and assorted ammunition.
In mid-December 2014, Judge O’Connor sentenced co-defendant Rene Villastrigo, Jr., 34, also of Wichita Falls, to 30 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.
Beginning sometime in 2012 and continuing to April 18, 2014, Trevino and Villastrigo conspired together and with Senobio Ortiz, Jr., of McAllen Texas, and others, to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. Ortiz has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, and he is scheduled to be sentenced in April 2015.
According to court documents, Trevino traveled frequently to McAllen, where he recruited Ortiz to regularly transport cocaine and marijuana from McAllen to Wichita Falls. Trevino also recruited Villastrigo to rent a residence in Wichita Falls to store and repackage the cocaine and marijuana for distribution. Trevino used this residence to convert the powder cocaine into crack cocaine.
Trevino deposited the drug proceeds he acquired into bank accounts in Wichita Falls and withdrew those deposits in the McAllen area, intending for these financial transactions to conceal his drug trafficking activity.
On April 18, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant at a residence in Wichita Falls where Trevino and Villastrigo manufactured crack cocaine. Both Trevino and Villastrigo were present at the time, and officers found approximately 250 grams of cocaine base and eight packages of marijuana, each weighing more than one pound. Officers found a firearm during a search of Trevino’s girlfriend’s home, and they found ammunition for the firearm at Trevino’s home.
The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF), Wichita Falls Police Department, and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanna Etessam prosecuted the criminal case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney John de la Garza prosecuted the forfeitures.