NDTX Round-Up: February 5 – 11
GUILTY PLEA – EFREN BAUTISTA VARGAS
(STL.News) On February 9, Efren Bautista Vargas, 40, plead guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. In February 2020, DEA Agents began investigating a drug distribution and money laundering organization operating in Dallas and in Mexico. Agents learned that Vargas and other coconspirators were going to conduct a multiple kilogram transaction of methamphetamine. Based on the investigation, agents executed a search of Vargas’ apartment and seized a handgun, $23,640 in U.S. currency, and 209 pounds of methamphetamine. Vargas faces up to life in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by the North Texas OCDETF Strike Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Myria Boehm is prosecuting the case.
SENTENCING – GARY LYN BLACK aka “Godsmack”
On February 9, Gary Lyn Black, 62, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. Black utilized his residence as a drug-involved premises for the purpose of distributing methamphetamine. Johnson County STOP Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence and seized 1.29 kilograms of methamphetamine, marijuana, pills, and a drug ledger.