Houston man pleads guilty to trafficking drugs in Tyler

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 2:43pm

TYLER, Texas — A 21-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Saul Cobarrubias pleaded guilty on Jan. 31, 2012, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to money launder before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to information presented in court, on Mar. 9, 2011, Cobarrubias travelled from Houston to Tyler, Texas with 2 kilograms of cocaine for distribution in the area. Cobarrubias admitted that he possessed between 15 and 50 kilograms of cocaine for distribution in East Texas. Cobarrubias also admitted to assisting in the collection of illegal proceeds from the sale and purchase of cocaine and using bank accounts manage the funds from the drug trafficking and to conceal the nature of the illegal proceeds. Cobarrubias was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011.

Cobarrubias faces at least 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the DEA and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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