Last Defendant in Methamphetamine, Cocaine and Marijuana Distribution Conspiracy Sentenced

LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) - Victor Manuel Castillo, aka “Victor Manuel Garza,” 44, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Castillo pleaded guilty in January 2017 to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of Methamphetamine.  Castillo has been in custody since his arrest in June 2016.

Castillo and twelve 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 (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

All defendants have been sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy to the following:

  • Cruz Perez, aka “Travieso,” 41, 327 months
  • Christopher Lee Gonzalez, aka “Gonzo,” 44, 327 months
  • Evan Cruz Parson, aka “Evan,” 22, 168 months
  • Jose Gutierrez, III, aka “Baby Joey,” 22, 151 months
  • Christopher David Gonzales, aka “Chris,” 42, 121 months
  • Jasmine Pillar Hernandez, aka “Crazy,” 33, 120 months
  • Alexander Alfonzo Mendoza, aka “Alex,” 21, 48 months
  • Robert Diaz, Jr., aka “Bobby,” 34, 48 months
  • Adrian Rodriguez, 38, 48 months
  • Johnny Trevino, Jr., aka “Baby John,” 27, 48 months
  • Crystal Dimas, aka “Babe,” 29, 33 months

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the DEA investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Juanita Fielden and Sean Long prosecuted.

(News release from Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings)


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