For Immediate Release
Dallas Men Sentenced on Cocaine, Heroin and Firearms Convictions
DALLAS — Two Dallas men have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison sentences following their guilty pleas to drug distribution and firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Felix Medina, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay on Monday to serve a total of 108 months in federal prison. Co-defendant Jesse Rodriguez, 36, received the same sentence in June 2015. Each defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of that crime.
According to documents filed in the case, from November 1, 2013 through approximately February 21, 2014, Medina and Rodriguez conspired together and with others to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, cocaine and heroin in Dallas. During that same time, Medina and Rodriguez possessed numerous firearms in furtherance of the conspiracy.
Medina and Rodriguez had two residences on Angelina Drive in Dallas – each next door to the other – from which they would sell the cocaine and heroin, store it, store the drug proceeds, and possess firearms for their protection, and the protection of the drugs and drug sales proceeds.
When special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and local law enforcement executed a search of the residences in February 2014, they found, among other things, approximately 223 grams of suspected cocaine, more than $18,000 in cash, more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition, approximately 40 firearms, including the one Rodriguez was carrying in his pants’ waistband, video surveillance equipment, and equipment to facilitate communication between the two residences.
ATF investigated the case and Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Miller prosecuted.