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Former Texas State Trooper Gets 18 Months For Lying To The FBI In Drug Investigation

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A former Texas State trooper has been sentenced for lying to federal authorities during a drug investigation, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

36-year-old Pablo Talavera Jr. of Pharr, Texas, and a former Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper pleaded guilty on Aug. 28.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez has now ordered Talavera to serve 18 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by two years of supervised release.

At the hearing, the court heard opposing arguments regarding the appropriate sentence. Judge Alvarez imposed a greater sentence due to Talavera’s position as a law enforcement officer when he committed the offense. 

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In 2019, law enforcement initiated an investigation targeting an organization responsible for the transportation of multi-kilogram quantities of meth, heroin and cocaine from the Rio Grande Valley to Tennessee. Talavera’s father was the organization’s leader.

The investigation revealed Talavera used his position as a DPS trooper to assist his father by running license plates of vehicles believed to be that of law enforcement. Talavera initially lied to authorities. He ultimately admitted to assisting his father, who is now serving 21 years in federal prison.

Talavera was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

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