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Former Deputies Sentenced in Federal Drug Conspiracy Case

On the 23rd of October 2013, a U.S. District Court Judge handed down prison sentences to two former Duval County Sheriff's deputies. The defendants, 35-year-old Ruben Silva and 28-year-old Victor Carrillo, had pleaded guilty to conspiring with a criminal organization for the purpose of distributing drugs.

The conspiracy involved the former deputies conducting fake traffic stops on known drug dealers. They reportedly conducted these stops in uniform and with their Sheriff's vehicles. They would confiscate cocaine and other narcotics from the dealers and then redistribute the drugs in coordination with members of a known criminal organization. Reports indicate that Silva conspired to distribute 10 kilograms of cocaine and received at least $5,000 for his role in the drug distribution conspiracy, while Carrillo received $1,000 for the role he played.

Before sentencing the judge made it a point to mention the defendants' status as uniformed officers. The judge sentenced Silva to 105 months in federal prison and Carrillo to 70 months in federal prison. Both men were out on bail prior to conviction, but Silva was taken into the custody immediately following sentencing so that he could be transferred to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility. Carrillo voluntarily surrendered himself to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.

El Paso is known for being at the center of organized drug crime activity. Various gangs and drug trafficking organizations regularly frequent the area, and law enforcement is quick to make arrests. According to Texas' penal code, the only thing required to charge an individual with organized crime is proof that he or she collaborated with two or more people to carry out a criminal act. Should the prosecution be able to prove your involvement, criminal charges will be filed against you for organized crime as well as for the fundamental offense.

If you are suspected of being involved in organized crime in El Paso, you need to obtain legal counsel right away. Our attorneys at Guerra & Farah, PLLC have more than 30 years of combined legal experience in Texas. We take pride in providing our clients with the criminal defense strategy they need to seek the best possible case results. To learn how we can protect your rights and advocate on your behalf, contact our team or take a few moments to complete a free case evaluation.