ICYMI – Weekly Roundup March 4, 2021

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FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C.

HOUSTON – “In case you missed it,” one of the largest-scale drug enforcement operations, a life sentence for a child exploitation predator and an extradited Clan Del Golfo associate who was sent to U.S. prison are just a few of the notable matters the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced this week. 

Some of the other criminal matters involved firearms, kidnapping, stalking, child pornography, bulk cash smuggling, public corruption, escape, tax fraud, immigration and several instances of meth smuggling.

“These criminal cases are just a small sample of what we do each and every day,” said U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. “Through the pandemic or any other personal or professional challenge, the dedicated workers of the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) are hard at work every day alongside our partners in law enforcement to ensure our streets are safer and those that commit federal crimes answer for their actions. We hope the messages we send not only inform the public of our mission, but serve as a deterrent to those that even think about violating federal law.”

Also announced this week was the cooperative and collaborative effort with Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR). “This is not an investigation into the rodeo,” said Lowery. “In fact, HLSR has been very receptive and helpful. They want the NRG grounds and facilities to be accessible and are very willing to work with us throughout this review process.”

ICYMI:

Houston – Dozens arrested in 105-count narcotics indictment

Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi man gets life for exploiting Filipino children

Houston – Clan Del Golfo associate ordered to prison for international cocaine distribution

Brownsville – Young man pleads guilty after crashing into patrol unit


Victoria – South Texas woman convicted for arranging smuggling attempt that led to death

Laredo – Texan admits guilt to multiple charges under Project Safe Childhood

Corpus Christi – Prisoner pleads guilty to escaping from halfway house

McAllen – La Joya trustee convicted of extortion

Houston – Tax preparer sent to prison for tax fraud…again

Corpus Christi – Foreign citizen imprisoned on weapon charge

Galveston – Out of state man indicted for stalking local victim

Laredo – Kidnappers admit to holding four migrants hostage at gunpoint

Corpus Christi – Felon sentenced for trafficking meth


Galveston – Santa Fe resident sentenced for receiving child pornography via Kik

Laredo – Driver convicted of transporting kilos of drugs

Corpus Christi –Un“lucky” fugitive pleads guilty to double firearms charges

Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi man gets life for exploiting Filipino children

McAllen – Million dollar smuggler sent to prison

Corpus Christi – Meth dealer heads to prison

Corpus Christi – South Texas woman admits to trafficking over $2 million in meth

Civil Houston – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to undergo ADA compliance review

The SDTX handles criminal, civil and appellate matters and typically prosecutes more cases against more defendants than most other U.S. Attorneys’ Offices nationwide. The district represents 43 counties and more than nine million people and covers 44,000 square miles. It comprises seven divisions with federal district courts in Houston, Galveston, Victoria, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo. The SDTX, headquartered in Houston, has offices in all seven divisions. The cases announced this week cover all of those areas.