Houston Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking in East Texas
BEAUMONT, Texas – A Houston man was sentenced to federal prison for trafficking drugs through the Eastern District of Texas, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
Jaime Garcia-Sanchez, 20, pleaded guilty on July 14, 2022, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 52 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone. Co-defendant, Daniel Corona Avalos, a Mexican national, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison on Dec. 1, 2022.
According to information presented in court, on March 4, 2022, Garcia-Sanchez and Avalos were stopped by law enforcement on Hwy 59 in Nacogdoches. During a consent search of the vehicle, law enforcement officers located 16 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside the vehicle’s bumper. Garcia-Sanchez and Avalos were trafficking the drugs through the Eastern District of Texas to Chicago for further distribution. They were indicted by a federal grand jury on April 6,2022 and charged with drug trafficking violations.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Nacogdoches Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Anderson.