Houston man gets 4 years for dealing coke in ETX

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 6:40pm

United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that Oscar Ivan Nino, a 22 year old Houston, Texas man, was sentenced for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine during a hearing before United States Judge Michael H. Schneider.

Nino was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011, along with four co-conspirators. He pleaded guilty on January 12, 2012. Today he was sentenced to 48 months in prison.

According to the information presented in court, beginning at an unknown date and continuing up to March 9, 2011, Nino possessed more than 15 kilograms of cocaine which he distributed in the Eastern District of Texas. As part of the conspiracy, on or about March 9, 2011, Nino traveled from Houston, Texas to Tyler, Texas with 2 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of delivering it to other co-conspirators in Tyler, Texas.

Three of Nino’s co-defendants have been sentenced. Gary Anderson was sentenced on March 1, 2012, and received 248 months in prison. Anderson’s wife and co-defendant, Jennifer Anderson, was sentenced on March 28, 2012, and received 188 months. Saul Cobarrubias was sentenced on April 24, 2012, and received 135 months in prison. The final co-defendant has pleaded guilty and is currently awaiting sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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