Liberty County, Texas Man Sentenced for Marijuana Trafficking

BEAUMONT, May 17, 2012 – A 27-year-old Cleveland, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for a drug trafficking scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Hector Hugo Tovar-Sanchez was convicted on Nov. 10, 2011, of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, interstate travel in aid of racketeering, and possession of an unregistered firearm and was sentenced today by U.S. District judge Ron Clark. Tovar received 60 months for the racketeering charge and 90 months for the drug and gun charges.

According to information presented in court, during 2008, Tovar became involved in a drug trafficking scheme which involved large quantities of marijuana and cocaine being transported from Mexico through the Eastern District of Texas and to Allentown, PA, for re-distribution. Tovar was identified by a co-conspirator following a traffic stop in Rusk County during which 16 bundles of marijuana weighing over 139 kilograms were discovered packed in cardboard boxes in a rental van. Tovar was indicted by a federal grand jury in Beaumont and convicted by a jury following a 2 day trial in November 2011.

In a separate case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Tovar was convicted on Jan. 31, 2011, of being involved in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine. Tovar has been sentenced to 200 months in federal prison for this conviction. Seventy months of Tovar’s sentence in the Eastern District of Texas will run consecutive to the sentence he received in Pennsylvania.

This case was investigated by the HSI, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, Allentown, Pennsylvania Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, and Texas Department of Public Safety, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randall L. Fluke and Christopher T. Tortorice.

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