Texas Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

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Memphis, TN – Bereniz Cavazos, 31, formerly of Texas, has been sentenced to 5 years in federal 
prison for possessing heroin with intent to distribute. Kevin G. Ritz, United States Attorney, 
announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on October 6, 2021, investigators with the West 
Tennessee Drug Task Force stopped a vehicle Cavazos was occupying, along with her two minor 
children. A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of approximately 5 kilograms of heroin.

A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Cavazos in October 2021. On May 17, 
2022, Cavazos pled guilty to one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute in 
violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841.

On October 3, 2022, United States District Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Cavazos to 5 years 
imprisonment to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal 

This case was investigatedby the Shelby County West Tennessee Drug Task Force and the Drug 
Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Deputy Criminal Chief Michelle Kimbril-Parks represented the government at the sentencing hearing.

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