Tyler man sentenced for drug trafficking

Released by U.S. Attorney's Office/Eastern District of Texas:

TYLER, TX – A 24-year-old illegal alien living in Tyler, Texas has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Saul Velazquez-Castro pleaded guilty on Aug. 30, 2010, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider. Velazquez-Castro was also ordered to forfeit $10,000.

According to information presented in court, on Nov. 2, 2009, Velazquez-Castro was arrested and found to be possession of 4 ounces of methamphetamine, which he intended to sell to others in the Tyler area. Velazquez-Castro was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2010 and charged with federal drug trafficking violations. It was also determined that Velazquez-Castro was illegally in the United States. He will be deported to Mexico after he has served his prison sentence.

This case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.