BEAUMONT, Texas – A 21-year-old Houston woman has been
sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern
District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
Emily Eliza Villarreal pleaded
guilty on June 27, 2017 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute
crack cocaine and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison today by U.S.
District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information
presented in court, on Oct. 27, 2016, law enforcement officers pulled over a
vehicle on Interstate 10 eastbound in Beaumont for a traffic violation.
Villarreal was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Hugo Alejandro
Garcia. The driver was extremely nervous and during questioning he and
Villarreal provided officers with inconsistencies as to their travel
plans. Garcia gave consent to search the vehicle which resulted in
officers discovering four bundles wrapped in black electrical tape and concealed
under the carpet in the trunk. Garcia admitted to transporting narcotics
and stated he was on his way to Louisiana with the drugs. The bundles
contained four kilograms of crack cocaine. Garcia and Villarreal were
indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 2, 2016.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and
the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Rapp.