DALLAS — A Corpus Christi man has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to being part of a North Texas meth ring.
Roberto Omar Vera Jr. has been held in local custody for more than two years and is still facing trial in Hunt County in connection with a chase between Quinlan and Rockwall County in which shots were allegedly fired at law enforcement.
Vera, 38, was among 23 people charged in a federal indictment in Feb. 2017 and was last to be sentenced FOR offenses stemming from their respective roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced Tuesday Vera was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on May 16 by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle.
The defendants in the conspiracy case were found responsible for distributing more than 72 kilograms of methamphetamine, along with heroin and other illegal drugs to the Northern Dallas area. Combined, they were responsible for 142 prior criminal convictions, with 52 of them being drug related and 6 being violent offenses. They received a total of over 245 years in federal prison, with sentences ranging from 33 to 360 months.
The indictment alleged the conspiracy began in January, 2016 and continued to the date of the indictment, Feb. 22, 2017. Count One of the indictment charged the 23 defendants, including Vera, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
The majority of the remaining defendants were listed from the Dallas area.
Each defendant was also charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Vera was charged with additional counts relating to the conspiracy.
The Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led the investigation; Kaufman Police Department, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office and Henderson County Sheriff’s Office assisted.
Larry Lincks, of Quinlan, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison.
The Hunt County grand jury returned an indictment on Feb. 24, 2017 naming Vera on a charge of aggravated assault against a public servant.
A report from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office indicated a deputy initiated a traffic stop just before midnight Dec. 28, 2016 on State Highway 276 west of Quinlan.
Vera, along with a single occupant inside Vera’s vehicle, failed to stop and fled from the deputy traveling west on the highway, with Vera reportedly firing several shots from his vehicle during the pursuit, which ended when Vera stopped at the intersection of Highway 276 and FM 549 in Rockwall County.
Vera was taken into custody shortly before 2 a.m. Dec. 29, 2016.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the chase included the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, the Quinlan Police Department, the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office, the Rockwall Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
No injuries were reported during the incident.
The aggravated assault against a public servant charge is punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison.
Vera is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment during a hearing May 29 in the 196th District Court.