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Member of Texas Syndicate pleads guilty to role in drug ring

U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District Court of Texas issued a press release today in regards to Cruz Perez, a/k/a “Travieseo,” 40, who plead guitly before U.S. Magistrate Judge D. Gordon Bryant to his role in a methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana distribution conspiracy.

According to the press release, Perez, a member of the Texas Syndicate, faces a statutory penalty of not less than five years nor more than 40 years in federal prison and up to a $5 million fine.  A sentencing date was not set.

Perez and eight other west Texas residents, including three other members of the Texas Syndicate, were arrested in early June 2016 by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Texas Department of Public Safety, with assistance from the Big Spring, Sundown and Levelland Police Departments, the Howard County and Lubbock County Sheriff’s Offices, the U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. 

Perez is the lead defendant in the case, and he is the last defendant charged in the case to plead guilty to his role in the conspiracy. 

According to plea documents filed in Perez’s case, on October 3, 2015, Perez distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The investigation is being led by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the DEA.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Juanita Fielden and Sean Long are prosecuting the case.

See full story in the weekend edition of the News-Press.

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