A 28-year-old man from Monte Alto in South Texas, Jesus Manuel Castillo Jr., has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.
Castillo pleaded guilty to the charges on September 28, 2021. U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez has now ordered him to serve 121 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. During the sentencing hearing, additional evidence was presented that implicated Castillo in transporting multiple packages of narcotics over several months.
The case came to light in June 2020 when law enforcement identified two USPS packages shipped by Castillo, both destined for San Antonio. Each package contained half a kilogram of methamphetamine.
Further investigation revealed that Castillo had been packaging, selling, and transporting narcotics in collaboration with his brother, Agustin Castillo. In November 2020, law enforcement apprehended Jesus Castillo while he was in the act of transporting another USPS package destined for Florida, which contained half a kilogram of cocaine.
Agustin Castillo, aged 38 and also from Monte Alto, had previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison.
Following the recent hearing, Jesus Castillo, who had been previously released on bond, was taken into custody. He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility, the location of which will be determined in the near future.