Above: Juan Reyes Jr.
Just a few days shy of the one-year anniversary of a multi-law enforcement agency drug raid that resulted in the arrests of his two brothers and a subsequent arrest of another brother, a Dumas man was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for his role in a multi-state drug trafficking operation, according to court documents.
Juan Reyes Jr. was sentenced last week in the Western Division of the U.S. District Court, after he earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. In the original indictment, Reyes was charged with 9 counts.
Reyes was arrested May 23, 2016, along with his brother Manuel Reyes. Their brothers, Guadalupe Reyes and Adan Reyes were arrested Nov. 9, 2015, but it wasn’t Juan Reyes’ first arrest. According to KZTV-TV in Corpus Christi, he was arrested July 13, 2015, in Arizona after an Arizona DPS trooper found almost $430,000 in cash hidden inside a horse trailer. The trooper stopped Juan Reyes for a traffic violation and found the money in a compartment built into the front wall of a horse trailer he was pulling. He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of money laundering. The Journal has repeatedly requested information about the resolution of that arrest but has yet to receive anything.
Juan Reyes will have to serve three years probation after completing his sentence for his convictions in Texas. The court also approved an order of money judgment, which will require Juan Reyes to pay about $52,000. Court documents say it “represents a portion of the proceeds he obtained as a result of the conspiracy offense alleged in Count One, for which the defendant is liable”
The court allowed Juan Reyes to remain free until he turns himself in before 2 p.m. Jan. 10, 2017, to a federal marshall or to the institution designated by the U. S. Bureau of Prisons.
Guadalupe Reyes’ sentencing date is set for Nov. 15 in Amarillo.