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Two Sent to Prison for Meth Distribution

MAY 23 (McALLEN, Texas) - Two local men have been ordered to federal prison for their roles in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Guadalupe Trevino Jr., 43, and Guadalupe Trevino III, 24, both of Edinburg, pleaded guilty Aug. 28, 2015.

Today, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane handed Trevino Jr. a sentence of 48 months in federal prison, while Trevino III was ordered to serve 132 months.

A third defendant - Hiram Medina-Rodriguez, 51 of Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico – was convicted by a jury Sept. 10, 2015. He will be sentenced June 3, 2016.

On Feb. 6, 2015, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) learned that a tractor containing a large quantity of methamphetamine was parked at a Chili’s restaurant in McAllen. Agent’s located the trailer and initiate surveillance. They soon observed the driver - Medina-Rodriguez - acting in a suspicious manner. Authorities then approached him and obtained consent to search, at which time they found two air tanks containing approximately 60 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Upon further investigation, agents identified Trevino III who had arranged for the transportation of a large quantity of narcotics from the Rio Grande Valley to Dallas and Atlanta, Georgia. He installed two air tanks onto a tractor trailer which contained approximately 34.7 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Guadalupe Trevino Jr. admitted that his role in the conspiracy was to rent a warehouse to temporarily store the methamphetamine before it was delivered. He further admitted he knew the narcotics were concealed within the air and that it would be transported to another location.

The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Wells Jr. prosecuted the case.

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