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Willacy County District Attorney News Briefs

50 year old Lyford man convicted of aggravated assault; 40 year old San Benito man convicted for possession of cocaine; 52 year old Matamoros man convicted for possession of a controlled substance; 2 Hidalgo County men convicted for possession of marihuana. 

The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office announced today that Alberto Beto Gonzales, 50, of Lyford, TX, was found guilty of aggravated assault. 

The defendant was sentenced to 2 years in prison. 

On September 17, 2011 the victim spoke to the Lyford Police Department and reported an aggravated assault that occurred at her residence. 

The victim told the officer that the defendant would occasionally stay at her residence. 

The victim reported on September 14, 2011, the defendant became upset and threatened her with a kitchen knife. 

The victim later provided an affidavit of non-prosecution to dismiss the case, however the State proceeded with case and the defendant was found guilty. 

The punishment range for aggravated assault is from probation to 20 years in prison. 

The District Attorney’s Office will aggressively prosecute crimes of violence and would like to thank the Lyford Police Chief Paul Campbell and Officer Paul Alvarado for their participation in this case. 

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Bernard Ammerman and First Assistant District Attorney Scott Greenbaum. http://mypict.me/mAMrr 

The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office announced today that Homer Rodriguez, 40, of San Benito, Texas was found guilty in the 197th District Court by Judge Migdalia Lopez was sentenced to 3 years in the prison for possession of cocaine.  

On October 11, 2011, a Trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 Freightliner pulling a flatbed semi-trailer for a defective lamp violation on US 77 in Willacy County. 

The Trooper made contact with the driver, Rodriguez, and immediately displayed signs of nervousness and avoided eye contact. 

Consent to search the motor vehicle was granted and the Trooper located 23 bundles of cocaine in the 3rd axle differential. 

The tractor and trailer was also seized and awarded to the state because it was used in the commission of a felony. 

The punishment range for possession of a controlled substance is from probation to life in prison. 

The District Attorney’s Office will aggressively prosecute crimes involving drug trafficking and would like to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Hector Resendiz and Trooper Valente Rosas for their participation on this case. 

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Bernard Ammerman and Border Prosecutor David Coronado. http://mypict.me/mAMsA 

The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office announced today that Daivd Rey Cazares, 52, of Matamoros, Mexico, was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance.  

The defendant was sentenced to 8 years in prison. 

On September 28, 2010 a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper conducted a stop on a red Toyota Tacoma for no valid inspection certificate. 

The Trooper made contact with the defendant, who appeared extremely nervous and avoided eye contact. 

The defendant consented to a search of the vehicle. 

Troopers located removed 2 bundles of cocaine, weighing less than 2 kilograms, hidden inside an A/C unit. 

The defendant confessed to agents he was to be paid $2,000 to deliver the cocaine to Houston. 

Once the defendant completes his prison sentence, he will be subject to being deported to Mexico. 

The punishment range for possession of a controlled substance is from probation to life in prison. 

The District Attorney’s Office will aggressively prosecute crimes of drug
trafficking and would like to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Richard Pacheco and Trooper Valente Rosas for their participation in this case. 

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Bernard Ammerman and First Assistant District Attorney Scott Greenbaum. http://mypict.me/mAMtb 

The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office announced today that Mike Paniagua, 28, of Edinburg, TX and Enrique Gonzalez, Jr., 26, Mission, TX was found guilty of possession of marihuana.  

The each defendant was sentenced to 3 years in prison. 

On May 19, 2011, a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 gray Chevrolet Impala for speeding. 

The Trooper made contact with the driver, Paniagua, and the passenger, Gonzalez, who both appeared extremely nervous. 

The defendants gave conflicting stories and implausible reasons for traveling. 

Paniagua consented to a search of the motor vehicle. 

Approximately 25 pounds of marihuana was found hidden in the gas tank. 

The punishment range for a third degree felony possession of marihuana is from probation to 10 years in prison. 

The District Attorney’s Office will aggressively prosecute crimes of drug trafficking and would like to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety and Trooper Richard Pacheco for his participation in this case. 

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Bernard Ammerman and Border Prosecutor David Coronado. http://mypict.me/mAMyv

 

 

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