A south Texas police chief and seven others were sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced Thursday.
Former Sullivan City Police Chief Hernan Guerra, 44, of Mission, Texas, has been sentenced without parole late Wednesday afternoon to 120 months in federal prison.
Guerra was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in January.
He pleading guilty and admitted that as police chief of Sullivan City, he was paid to alert and help drug traffickers cross loads of marijuana by revealing the location of U.S. Border Patrol units. He admitted he directed his own officers to other locations to avoid their intercepting the traffickers as they entered the United States.
“We agree Guerra’s abuse of his position undermines the community’s faith in law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney Moreno. “However, we trust this investigation and prosecution serves as a significant step toward restoring that faith.”
Seven defendants who were charged pleaded guilty with Guerra for their involvement in the conspiracies.
Renato Villalon, 34, of Sullivan City, the driver for the conspirators, was sentenced to 151 months’ confinement to be followed by a five-year term of supervised release.
Felix Gallardo Noyola, 38, of Mexico, who rode as a passenger in vehicles to throw spikes at law enforcement vehicles, was sentenced to 80 months’ imprisonment to be followed by a four-year term of supervised release.
Noe Salinas, 30, of Sullivan City, a scout, was sentenced to 78 months’ confinement and a four-year term of supervised release.
Michael Montelongo, 19, also of Sullivan City, who conducted counter surveillance of law enforcement on the U.S. side of the border, was sentenced to 60 months’ confinement as well as a four-year term of supervised release.
Two scouts for the organization, Juan Carlos Escalera, 30, and Angel Gilberto Martinez, 18, both of Sullivan City, were sentenced to 60 months’ and 30 months’ imprisonment, respectively, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release.
Javier Francisco Pena Trevino, 41, of Sullivan City, also a scout, will serve a 37-month prison term and a three-year term of supervised release.
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