November 21, 2014
Contact: Wendell Campbell
Phone Number: (713) 693-3000
Two Head To Prison For Distributing Methamphetamine
MCALLEN, Texas - Francisco Calderon, 28, and Jorge Alejandro Galvan-Ibarra, 30, have been ordered to federal prison for possession with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of methamphetamine, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Both entered guilty pleas in late July 2014.
Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who accepted the guilty pleas, handed Calderon a sentence of 145 months in federal prison. Galvan-Ibarra was ordered to serve 50 months at a hearing held last month. At the hearing today, Judge Alvarez noted that individuals such as Calderon enter into these transactions for financial gain with total disregard for the harm caused to others by their actions.
Calderon, a naturalized citizen originally from Mexico residing in McAllen, and Galvan-Ibarra, an illegal alien residing in the Dallas area, were arrested June 3, 2014, as they attempted to distribute the methamphetamine.
Calderon brokered the transaction out of McAllen, while Galvan-Ibarra was to deliver the drugs in Dallas.
Prior to the June 2014 arrest, Calderon admitted to negotiating two additional transactions totaling more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. Galvan-Ibarra handled the delivery of the methamphetamine in one of the transactions.
Both will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The charges are the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation dubbed Operation Sword Fight conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and FBI. Assistant United States Attorney Juan F. Alanis is prosecuting.