Brownsville man, serving time, convicted of meth trafficking in prison
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — A federal jury has convicted a Brownsville man for meth trafficking conspiracy in Corpus Christi.
On Wednesday, July 10 the jury convicted Juan Ledezma, 40, of drug trafficking which involved gang leadership both inside and outside of the McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas.
Ledezma was the final defendant to be found guilty in a 13 count indictment involving 31 individuals, 13 of whom are former prison guards.
It was alleged that Ledezma was the go between for drug traffickers in South Texas and Mexico and connecting the suppliers, using illegal cell phones smuggled by corrupt guards, with other prisoners to make drug deals inside and outside the prison system.
Through the investigation, by Homeland Security officers, Ledezma arranged for 6 pounds of meth to be purchased in Corpus Christi and distributed in Arkansas with the buyers paying $20,000 per pound.
Ledezma now faces up to life in prison and a $8 million dollar fine.