NDTX Round Up: February 26 – March 4 | USAO-NDTX

SENTENCING – GERSON GAMALIEL ROJO GUZMAN

On February 26, Gerson Gamaliel Rojo Guzman, 31, was sentenced to 7 years for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Rojo Guzman’s residence. Officers recovered cocaine, two firearms, ammunition, and $11,550 in cash.  This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl is prosecuting the case.

SENTENCING – JOSE CELBEY HERNANDEZ

On March 1, Jose Celbey Hernandez, 30, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for conspiracy to smuggle goods from the United States.  Hernandez and a coconspirator worked together to purchase firearms from individuals and licensed dealers for the purpose of exporting them to individuals in Mexico.  They traveled to several locations in Texas to purchase firearms.  Hernandez provided money to the coconspirator to illegally purchase firearms before turning them over to him.  This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Phelesa Guy prosecuted the case.

GUILTY PLEA – DEZIREE LUJAN

On March 2, Deziree Lujan, 29, plead guilty to tampering with a witness or victim.  In August 2020, Lujan used social media in an attempt to hinder and prevent a victim’s testimony against a sex trafficking defendant. In one such attempt, Lujan revealed the identity of the victim on social media and threatened the victim with physical violence.  During this same timeframe, Lujan was reaching out privately to known pimps on social media and revealing the victim’s identity and further threatening physical harm due to her involvement in a federal prosecution.  This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanie Smith is prosecuting the case.

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