Midland Man Indicted for Possession of Fentanyl and Meth
PECOS – A federal grand jury in Pecos returned an indictment last week charging a Midland man with allegedly possessing illegal drugs and a firearm.
According to court documents, Edgar Parra, 36, is charged by federal indictment with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine; three counts of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl; two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; one count of possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and one count of being a felon in possession.
The defendant is scheduled for his initial court appearance on Jan. 27, 2022 before U.S. Magistrate Judge David B. Fannin of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison on the conspiracy to possess and possession of fentanyl charges; up to 20 years in prison for the possession of methamphetamine charges; an additional five years in prison on the possession of a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime charge; and up to 10 years in prison for the felon in possession charge. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Greg Millard made the announcement.
The DEA's El Paso Division Midland Resident Office is investigating the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Charles Eaton is prosecuting the case.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.