CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 45-year-old Kingsville man has
been ordered to prison following his convictions of trafficking more than a
kilogram of cocaine as well as being a felon in possession of both a firearm
and ammunition, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. A federal jury
convicted Elias Gonzalez Alvarez Aug. 10, 2017, following a one-day trial and
approximately 40 minutes of deliberations.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey, who
presided over the trial, handed Alvarez a 120-month sentence for his drug
trafficking conviction and 108 months each for the felon in possession of a
firearm and felon in possession of ammunition convictions. All of the sentences
are to be served concurrently and followed by eight years of supervised
Authorities had learned that Alvarez had been engaged in
trafficking cocaine and, on May 12, 2015, conducted surveillance on his
apartment in Corpus Christi. Authorities stopped him for a traffic violation as
he left his residence. His license was found to be suspended and Alavarez was
arrested. At that time, authorities conducted a search of his vehicle and
discovered a box with a bag inside that contained 1.01 kilograms of cocaine.
A search warrant was also executed on his residence where
authorities found a .38 caliber handgun and ammunition. Alvarez is a previously
convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition per
At trial, the jury also heard that Alvarez is a member of
the Calaveras Outlaw motorcycle gang. Today, the court prohibited any further
membership with any gang as a condition of his supervised release.
Alavarez had attempted to convince the jury the drugs found
in his vehicle and the gun and ammunition discovered in his apartment did not
belong to him. They did not believe his claims and found him guilty as charged.
Alvarez was taken into custody following the return of the
verdicts in August where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of
Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Texas Department of Public Safety and the
Corpus Christi Police Department conducted the investigation.