Illegal alien sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison in East Texas for drug trafficking and immigration violation

A man in East Texas was sentenced to federal prison for trafficking in drugs and reentering the country after being deported.

Juan Jose Castro-Ayala pleaded guilty on April 3, 2019, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and unlawfully reentering the United States after having been deported. 

Castro-Ayala was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone to 80 months in federal prison for the drug conviction and 24 months for the immigration violation.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently, which effectively means the penalty is 80 months.

The 37-year-old Mexican national was sentenced to federal prison for immigration and drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 12, 2018, Castro-Ayala was stopped for a traffic violation in Jefferson County, Texas.

A search of the vehicle revealed seven kilograms of cocaine inside two five-gallon paint buckets.  Castro-Ayala was transported to jail where a records check exposed he had been previously deported from the United States on three separate occasions in 2014 and again in 2015.

Further investigation revealed Castro-Ayala was convicted in 2003 of assault causing bodily injury in Hidalgo County, Texas

This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.