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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

July 23, 2009

Tim Johnson, United States Attorney

Contact: Angela Dodge, Public Affairs Officer

(713) 567-9388

Local Drug Dealer Sentenced To 188 Months

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — A Corpus Christi area crack cocaine dealer with be serving more than 15 years in federal prison without parole, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Jesus Escobedo, 35, of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty In April 2009 to distributing crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of firearms and was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janis Graham Jack to 188 months imprisonment on each count. The sentences are to be served concurrently. Escobedo had previously been convicted in state court for numerous burglaries and was determined to be an armed career criminal by the court, which is reflected in the sentence imposed today.

The charge stems from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Corpus Christi Police Department. The investigation proved Escobedo was distributing crack cocaine in the Corpus Christi area in January and February of this year. Escobedo sold nine grams of crack cocaine to undercover officers and also offered to trade crack cocaine for firearms.

In federal custody since his arrest, Escobedo will remain in custody and serve his sentence at a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.