News Release
Date: April 25, 2012
Contact: Lisa A. Webb Johnson
Public Information Officer
Number: 713-693-3000

Houston Man Guilty of Cocaine Trafficking in East Texas

April 25 - (Tyler, TX) A 21-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña and U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today.

Saul Cobarrubias pleaded guilty on Jan. 31, 2012, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to money launder and was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Cobarrubias was also ordered to submit to forfeiture of $10,000.

According to information presented in court, on Mar. 9, 2011, Cobarrubias travelled from Houston to Tyler, Texas with two kilograms of cocaine for distribution in the area. Cobarrubias admitted that he possessed between 15 and 50 kilograms of cocaine for distribution in East Texas. Cobarrubias also admitted to assisting in the collection of illegal proceeds from the sale and purchase of cocaine and using bank accounts manage the funds from the drug trafficking and to conceal the nature of the illegal proceeds. Cobarrubias was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.