A 21-year-old Raymondville man has been ordered to prison for his conviction of conspiracy to import and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. A federal jury sitting in Brownsville returned its verdicts against Zack Anthony Sayas Oct. 24, 2017, following two days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation.
Today, U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera considered the lack of criminal history and handed Sayas a 144-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.
During trial, the jury heard that Sayas had recruited and conspired with Jose Angel Reyes Jr., 24, also of Raymondville, to travel from Raymondville to Mexico with the intention of smuggling the methamphetamine and transporting it to Houston.
While detained, agents observed his cell phone receiving continuous messages from the same number. They were also able to obtain an extraction report that included previously deleted text messages from the same sender.
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