April 11, 2017
Contact: Wendell Campbell
Phone Number: (713) 693-3000
Houston Man Sentenced For East Texas Drug Trafficking
BEAUMONT, Texas - A 41-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to prison for federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.
Jesus Najar Silva pleaded guilty on Nov. 29, 2016, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, Jesus Najar Silva was identified as a supplier during an investigation into the distribution of multi-kilograms of methamphetamine in Houston and the Eastern District of Texas. Silva made four deliveries of more than one pound of methamphetamine to an undercover officer in Houston and Cleveland, Texas. Based on Title III wiretaps and other investigative tools, agents learned that at least three other individuals were involved in this organization. The recorded calls revealed that Silva negotiated the sale of a total of 6.1 kilograms of methamphetamine and four kilograms of cocaine during this conspiracy. These calls also led to the identification, arrest and prosecution of Silva's source of supply, and two other members of this conspiracy.
This case is the result of an extensive joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Englade.