Ad Spot

Houston women sentenced for trading illegal drugs for automatic weapons

BEAUMONT, Texas – Two Houston women have been sentenced for federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei on Friday.

Cristal Lagunas, 26, and Iris Venture, 22, were indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine on March 18, 2020.  They pleaded guilty in September 2020.  Friday, both defendants were sentenced to 135 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

“This case exemplifies how multiple federal law enforcement agencies can work together to take down those involved in the illegal drug trade,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.  “We will continue to bring all resources to the fight against unlawful narcotics and firearms trafficking.”

According to information presented in court, on March 10, 2020, Lagunas and Ventura met an undercover federal agent at a credit union in Beaumont, Texas, to exchange a kilogram of methamphetamine and $600 cash for three fully automatic AK-47 rifles.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.

News

U.S. District Judge Jason Pulliam addresses employees of Eastern District as part of new EDTX Distinguished Speaker Series

Crime

Two juveniles shot in Orange

News

LSCO President meets with Speaker Phelan and TX Senate Finance Committee

Celebrations

Exhibit telling the stories of Black Women will open at AMSET in spring

Entertainment

Dirty Dancing brings iconic songs, storyline

News

NAACP event is a call to action

Local

Concern for domestic violence and abuse victims during the pandemic continues

Business

Conrad hosts steel cutting ceremony for GLDD

Home and Garden

OrangeYouBold: Pin a rose on your canvas

Local

Senate panel warns energy price gougers

Lifestyle

CASA Classic Golf Tournament

Local

Governor Abbott Statement On Resignation Of ERCOT Leadership

News

TAC’s Counties at the Capitol Features Speaker Dade Phelan, Sen. Bryan Hughes

Cities

City of Orange Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Cities

Boil Water advisory continues for City of Orange

Local

SBA stands ready to assist Texas businesses and residents affected by the severe winter storms

Lifestyle

AMSET’s Winter Free Family Arts Day moved to February 27

News

Boil Water notice continues for Orange

Home and Garden

Alzheimer’s Insights: Understanding the progression of the disease

News

TX dentists urge keeping kids’ healthy, despite COVID

Crime

Houston women sentenced for trading illegal drugs for automatic weapons

Local

Texas survivors affected by winter weather can apply for federal disaster

Local

President approves major disaster declaration for Texas

Crime

Vidor woman sentenced for opioid overdose deaths