Drug Enforcement Administration


Steven Whipple, Special Agent in Charge

June 11, 2013

Contact: Sammy Parks

Phone Number: (713) 693-3329

Two Sentenced For Port Arthur Drug Deal

BEAUMONT, Texas - Two men have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Javier Peña and U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today.

Juan Carlos Chavez-Delgado, 30, of Houston, and Alvaro Humberto Jimenez, 57, of Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty in February 2013, to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.  Chavez received a sentence of 95 months in federal prison and Jimenez was sentenced to 51 months.

According to information presented in court, on Nov. 13, 2012, Chavez and Jimenez were arrested in the parking lot of Central Mall in Port Arthur, Texas, as they were completing a drug transaction involving a half kilogram of methamphetamine for $11,500.  Further investigation revealed Chavez arranged the drug transaction and paid Jimenez to drive him from Houston to Port Arthur.  The defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 5, 2012. 

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods' Operation Time Machine program. Operation Time Machine is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in Port Arthur, Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Port Arthur Police Department and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.

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