Palmhurst felon sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison for firearm, drug convictions

6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Monday, March 29 2021 Mar 29, 2021 March 29, 2021 4:04 PM March 29, 2021 in News - Local
By: KRGV Digital
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A Palmhurst resident who was previously convicted of a felony was sentenced to 262 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of meth.

Roberto Trevino-Mendoza, 58, pleaded guilty to the charges last October. As a previously convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition per federal law – according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

An investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation found that Trevino-Mendoza had agreed to sell a kilogram of meth in February 2018. An individual came to his residence and provided $4,000 to in exchange for the drugs.

“He later negotiated with that same individual in the purchase a firearm, the news release stated. “They again met at Trevino-Mendoza's residence to exchange a Taurus, Model PT-111 Millennium Pro 9mm pistol. Trevino-Mendoza received $500 in return for the weapon.”

Trevino-Mendoza was previously convicted of aggravated robbery and burglary. He remains in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility and, according to the news release, will receive five years of supervised release following his sentence. 

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