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New Boston Man Sentenced For East Texas Drug Trafficking

TEXARKANA, Texas – A court sentenced a 48-year-old New Boston, Texas, man to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.

Armando Moya was found guilty on Oct. 18, 2019, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine. Moya was sentenced to 320 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III. They ordered Moya to submit to forfeiture of $4 million and an additional $198,184.00, which officers seized during this law enforcement operation.

According to information presented in court, on June 7, 2018, law enforcement officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration and supporting law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at Moya’s home. During the search, law enforcement officers located $198,184.00 in rubber-banded bundles of cash hidden in boxes in Moya’s closet with a pistol. Moya then confessed to being part of an international drug-trafficking ring: smuggling large quantities of drugs from Mexico to cities across the United States and returning with large amounts of United States currency.

Moya described how he received drugs from his brother, Jose Roberto Moya. He also explained that the bulk money hidden in his house was drug proceeds from New York destined for Mexico. In addition to his brother, Armando Moya identified multiple people involved in their drug-trafficking conspiracy, including their boss in Mexico named Don Roberto.

The defendant’s brother, Jose Roberto Moya, was arrested earlier on his way to Armando Moya’s New Boston residence with eight kilograms of heroin and one kilogram of fentanyl. Testimony and extensive digital evidence at trial established that Armando Moya was responsible for delivering as much as 150 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine from November 2017 through June 2018 to Illinois, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.

Special Agents from the DEA also testified at trial regarding the deadly role heroin and fentanyl are playing in the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Armando Moya was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 21, 2018, and charged with federal drug trafficking crimes. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tyler, Corpus Christi, and Chicago offices and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan R. Hornok and D. Ryan Locker.