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Case Number: 3:21-cr-00447
Judge: Brantley Starr
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Dallas County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Dallas
Description: Dallas, Texas criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in December 2022.
Law enforcement conducting surveillance at a stash house on Holcomb Road in Dallas observed Omar Jorge Estrada, age 37, a citizen of Mexico, drive up to the residence in a white Chevy Malibu. He used a code word to gain access to the property, which was being used by a transnational criminal organization as storage for nearly $10 million worth of Mexican methamphetamine.
Two men emerged from inside the home carrying duffel bags, which they placed in Mr. Estrada’s passenger seat.
After he departed the home, law enforcement pulled him over for operating with an expired registration and discovered 120 pounds of crystal methamphetamine inside the duffel bags. Experts put the street value of the methamphetamine, which was 99% pure, between $1.1 and $2.2 million.
Codefendants Angel Cabrera and Joaquin Salinas – who admitted they were concealing millions of dollars of methamphetamine inside boxes of cauliflower – pleaded guilty prior to trial. Mr. Salinas received a life sentence; Mr. Cabrera received a sentence of more than 21 years.
At Mr. Salinas’ sentencing hearing, testimony showed that the Salinas had ties to Sureños XIII criminal street gang and the Puro Tango Blast street and prison gang.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dallas Field Division conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Dallas Police Department, the Hickory Creek Police Department, the Fort Worth Police Department, and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys George Leal and John Kull prosecuted the case.
This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
21 U.S.C. § 846 Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Substance
21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A)(viii) Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute
Outcome: 05/03/2023 221 ELECTRONIC Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Brantley Starr: Sentencing held on 5/3/2023 for Omar Jorge Valle Estrada (2). Counts 1 and 2. BOP for a term of 360 months on each count to run concurrently; Supervised Release counts 1 and 2 - 5 years on each count to run concurrently; Special Assessment $200.00. Court informs defendant his right to appeal. Defendant remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals. Attorney Appearances: AUSA - George Leal, John Kull; Defense - David Olivas, Brittany Gomez. (Exhibits admitted - returned to party) Time in Court - 1:05. (Court Reporter: Kelli Ann Willis) (Interpreter Margarita Birnbaum.) (USPO Hammett.) (chmb) (Entered: 05/03/2023)
05/03/2023 222 First MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney by David R. Olivas filed by Omar Jorge Valle Estrada (Olivas, David) (Entered: 05/03/2023)
05/03/2023 223 MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney by BRITTANY GOMEZ filed by Omar Jorge Valle Estrada (Olivas, David) (Entered: 05/03/2023)
05/03/2023 224 Order Setting Additional Terms of Supervised Release as to Omar Jorge Valle Estrada. (Ordered by Judge Brantley Starr on 5/3/2023) (ndt) (Entered: 05/04/2023)
BOP for a term of 360 months; Supervised Release - 5 years; Special Assessment $100.00