Two Houston Men Plead Guilty in Drug Conspiracy
HOUSTON – Jimmie Prater and Alejandro Oliva, both 39 and from Houston, have pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, respectively, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña and United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
The men were arrested in Houston on August 9, 2011, at Prater’s warehouse located at 5930 North Sam Houston Parkway after arranging to sell two kilograms of cocaine to a cooperating source. After witnessing Oliva arrive to deliver the drugs to the warehouse, agents from the DEA entered and secured the warehouse. Agents executed a search warrant which resulted in the discovery of two kilograms of cocaine and a semi-automatic pistol. A narcotics detection dog brought to the scene to assist in the search also alerted positively to the vehicle driven to the scene by Oliva and a search of that vehicle resulted in the seizure of one kilogram of methamphetamine. The federal indictment charging the men was returned August 31, 2011.
Today, Prater admitted he possessed with the intent to distribute cocaine, while Oliva pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas, who accepted their guilty pleas today, has set sentencing for April 10, 2012, at 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Prater has been in custody where he will remain pending his sentencing hearing, at which time he faces a minimum of five and up to 40 years in federal prison. Oliva, who has been released on bond, faces 10 years and up to life in prison for his conviction. Prater and Oliva, respectively, also face potential $5 and $10 million fines.This case was investigated by the DEA and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rick Hanes.