BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A 46-year-old man has been ordered
to federal prison following his conviction of possession with intent to
distribute cocaine base. Martin Arambula pleaded guilty Dec. 27, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. sentenced
Arambula t0 120 months to be immediately followed by four years of supervised
release. At the hearing, the court noted Arambula's extensive criminal history,
which included two robbery convictions.
During the summer of 2016, law enforcement initiated an
investigation into the smuggling and distribution of multi-kilogram shipments
of illicit narcotics within the United States by members of a drug trafficking
organization operating within Cameron County.
Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who
were investigating the drug trafficking organization witnessed Arambula order
crack cocaine from his supplier. Law Enforcement seized the drugs as they were
being delivered to Arambula. The crack was intended to be sold in local street
level sales in Cameron County.
Through the course of the investigation, agents were able
to determine Arambula regularly bought crack cocaine from Jesus Hector Garza
Garza, 31, of Brownsville, previously pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of
"Ice" methamphetamine and is awaiting sentencing.
Arambula has been and will remain in custody pending
transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near
The DEA and FBI conducted the Organized Crime Drug
Enforcement Task Force investigation known as Operation Fatstacks. Assistant
U.S. Attorney Karen Betancourt is prosecuting the case.