Mexican, El Salvadorian national get prison time for dealing meth in ETX

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 5:34pm

A Mexican national and El Salvadorian have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking in the East Texas.

Jorge Sanchez, 28, who is currently residing in Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty on May 31 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Sanchez was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $50,000 Monday during a hearing before United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

According to court documentst, Sanchez aided his co-defendants in acquiring and distributing more than 350 grams of meth in the Eastern District of Texas. Sanchez, along with two co-defendants, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 11.

Sanchez’s co-defendant, Jose Lopez, was also sentenced today to 228 months in prison. The remaining co-defendant, Francisco Soriano, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine on September 21 and is currently awaiting sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Tyler Police Department and Smith County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bill Baldwin.


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