Plea Bargain Nets Man 30 Year Prison Sentence

Robert Mesa, Jr., 29, formerly of Abilene, is now an inmate awaiting transfer to state prison to serve a (30) thirty year prison sentence for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.

Presiding Judge Steven R. Herod sentenced Mesa to prison in the 91st District Courtroom of Eastland County on June 24, 2010 after Mesa entered a plea of guilty to the offense alleged in the indictment. Mesa also had a felony charge resulting from an earlier drug arrest in Taylor County.

Mesa’s arrest and charges resulted from a February 2008 traffic stop by the Ranger Police Department. Mesa was not a passenger on that traffic stop nor had he been physically present in Eastland County during that time but information gathered from that traffic stop implicated him and others in a vast cocaine ring. The Eastland County Criminal District Attorney’s Office worked closely with Narcotics Agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety in Abilene in developing an organized crime case.

Twelve individuals were arrested as a result of the investigation. This was the third major narcotics investigation in the past year stemming from an Eastland County arrest, that culminated with multiple statewide arrests and defendants.

Under recent Texas law, a person commits an offense under this category if, with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination or as a member of a criminal street gang, he commits or conspires to commit unlawful manufacture, delivery, dispensation, or distribution of a controlled substance or dangerous drug, or unlawful possession of a controlled substance or dangerous drug through forgery, fraud, misrepresentation, or deception. Venue for the criminal charges is proper in any county in which at least one act occurred.

Criminal District Attorney Russ Thomason prosecuted the case and commented, “Thanks to the relentless efforts of our local and state law enforcement officials to eradicate those who continue to try and poison our community with drugs, our office was given an opportunity to put this one and others away. Mesa was represented by attorney Don Wilson of Abilene.