FBI Busts Mexican Meth Ring in East Texas
The FBI office in Dallas announced this week the sentencing of two illegal aliens from Mexico who were convicted of drug related charges. Apolinar Carbajal Abelardo, and Melicio Nunez-Duque, also known as La Burra, both from Guerrero, Mexico, were living illegally in Marshall.
According to statements from the FBI, Abelardo was sentenced to over eighteen years in federal prison for drug trafficking. The 225 month sentence came down after an investigation revealed that from November 2009 to October 2012 Abelardo conspired with others to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and cocaine in East Texas. He admitted to distributing over 50 grams of methamphetamine and possessing a firearm during the conspiracy. Federal Judge Rodney Gilstrap also ordered the forfeiture of a truck, several firearms and $13,650 in U.S. dollars. The sentence also includes a monetary judgment in the amount of $20,000.
Nunez-Duque was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison by Judge Gilstrap. The FBI statement revealed that from July 2011 to October 2012, Nunez-Duque conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in and around Marshall. Nunez-Duque admitted to distributing 15 grams of methamphetamine on July 27, 2011 and another 14 grams on October 27, 2011 in Marshall. He also admitted to directing others to distribute methamphetamine on August 4, 2011 and August 24, 2011. He admitted the value of the methamphetamine distributed was at least $20,000. Nunez-Duque’s sentence also included a $20,000 judgment.
The Nunez-Doque indictment also included charges against co-defendants Julia Flores Saucedo and Oscar Diaz-Mendoz for federal drug trafficking violations.
Both cases were investigated in a joint operation involving the Marshall Police Department and the FBI. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas John M. Bales.