MARSHALL – A 29-year-old Sinaloa, Mexico, man currently residing in Marshall, has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Thursday. Joeli Higuera Fernandez pleaded guilty on May 3, 2013, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison Wednesday in Marshall by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap. Fernandez was also ordered to submit to forfeiture of $15,000 in currency.
According to federal prosecutors, from March 2010 to October 2012, Fernandez was involved in a conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas. Fernandez admitted to distributing 101.7 grams of actual methamphetamine during this time. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Nov. 7, 2012, charging Fernandez and three others with drug trafficking violations.