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Asleep at the wheel drug trafficker sent to federal prison

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 28-year-old Alice man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of trafficking meth, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Allen Marcus Carrillo pleaded guilty May 2.

Today, U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton ordered him to serve a 126-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard additional evidence detailing Carrillo’s efforts to acquire narcotics and other contraband while in custody for this offense by attempting to bribe a guard at the federal detention facility. In handing down the sentence, Judge Tipton noted Carrillo’s efforts to acquire contraband while in federal custody were “extraordinary” and justified the lengthy sentence imposed.   

On May 17, 2021, authorities observed Carrillo’s vehicle obstructing traffic on Highway 359. When they approached, they discovered Carrillo asleep in the driver’s seat of the running car. 

A subsequent search revealed a black magnetic box containing more than 90 grams of pure meth underneath Carrillo’s seat.

Carrillo will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted this investigation with the assistance of the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. prosecuted the case.

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