April 25, 2017
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Former Texan Gets Hammered With 30-Year Prison Sentence
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A 33-year-old man who resided in Palmetto, Florida, and Pasadena, Texas, has been ordered to federal prison for trafficking narcotics from Mexico through Brownsville to Florida, announced DEA Special Agent-in-Charge of the Houston Division, Joseph M. Arabit, and Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. A federal jury convicted Oscar Sosa Oct. 7, 2016, of conspiring to possess and possessing with intent to distribute three kilograms of methamphetamine following a five-day trial and approximately three hours of deliberations.
Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered Sosa to federal prison for 360 months to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.
During the trial, three individuals involved in the conspiracy testified that Sosa hired them to bring packages of methamphetamine on the bus from Brownsville for delivery to him in Florida. They would carry packages of narcotics on their person while on the bus and successfully delivered the drugs to him in Florida from September 2013 to March 2014. They were eventually apprehended at the bus station in Harlingen. They pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and were later sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 20 years in prison.
The jury also heard that Sosa had familial connections in Mexico who assisted him in crossing the narcotics from Mexico to Brownsville.
He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Karen Betancourt and Jody Young are prosecuting the case.