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Borger residents plead guilty in drug case

January 5, 2012

Three Borger, Texas, residents indicted in November 2011 on various offenses related to narcotics trafficking and gambling pleaded guilty in federal court in Amarillo,on Jan 5, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson.
According to U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas, Jose Luis Fernandez, 37, and Francisco Villanueva Fernandez, 43, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and David Escobar pleaded guilty to one count of operating an illegal gambling business. These are the last defendants charged in the case to enter guilty pleas.
The filed document state Jose Luis Fernandez, aka “Junior,” admitted that from 2009 to October 2011, he conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. He admitted supplying narcotics to street-level dealers in and around Amarillo and helped arrange shipments from outside of North Texas for delivery to the Texas Panhandle. He faces a statutory sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison and a $10 million fine. In addition, as part of his plea agreement with the government, Fernandez agreed to forfeit substantial property including nearly $450,000 in cash already seized, three vehicles and numerous parcels of real estate in Hutchinson County.
Francisco Villanueva Fernandez, aka “Frank,” admitted that during the same time frame, he conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and five kilograms or more of cocaine. He also admitted supplying narcotics to street-level dealers in and around Amarillo. He faces a statutory sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison and a $10 million fine.
David Escobar admitted in filed documents that from December 2010 to October 2011, he operated all or part of a gambling business that involved sports betting. Jose Luis Fernandez hired Escobar to help operate his sports-book operation in the Texas Panhandle, agreeing to pay Escobar $300 per week to act as a bookie, fielding telephone calls by individuals placing sports bets, documenting bets and arranging for the payout of winnings and collections of debts. Part of his job involved receiving payments at scheduled times. When Escobar faced a difficult time receiving payment, Escobar would contact Jose Luis Fernandez, or his brother Aaron Steven Fernandez, for assistance in collecting.
Jose and Frank Fernandez were taken into the custody of the U.S. Marshal; defendant David Escobar remains on pre-trial release. Sentencing dates have not yet been set.

Comments

Fish Fry

January 18, 2012 by jaybear (not verified), 2 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 940

Something to think about, we had the fish fry for many years with no problems , they used all volunteer workers, so then they stopped because they said it was losing money, how?

Event Center ?

January 18, 2012 by jaybear (not verified), 2 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 939

Even though most of us did not want it, we have a nice new hospital, I presume with new equipment but still the same doctors, so if its serious you still are sent to Amarillo. We have the aluminum dome that is used very little but now there are some pushing for a new event center. Last I heard it was to be east of town on ranch land that was to be donated. Half the people on the committee pushing for it live on or are associated with this ranch. They want the citizens of Borger to pay for this project,so ask yourself who benefits from this the most. I can not think of anything these people have done for the citizens of Borger.

Will Borger share in the bounty?

January 13, 2012 by Jim Lusk (not verified), 2 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 935

I recenty read where the Frank and family drug bust yeilded real estate, cars and cash. Lots of it!
As I understand it, any law enforcement agency assisting in the take down of upstream drug dealers get a share in the siezed bounty. That is, they get a portion or percentage of the siezed assets to be used for enhancements.
At 10% the $450,000.00 cash alone comes to $45,000 for the local PD. That is - IF they had been involved!
I wonder how much $$ Borger PD generated for the city by conspiring with Judge Jack to fleece our citizens? 45 grand maybe? maybe more? Who knows? They may well believe they did the city a favor and generated more net $$ for the city with their speed traps, than the siezed assets of a drug family would yeild. But that still doesn't make it right.
The bottom line is this: Borger PD should have been doing their JOB! They could have easily put up a flashing light sign coming into town "Reduced Speed Ahead" to deal with the Walmart traffic and speed zone. The rest of their speed traps could be marked up to raise awareness just as easily, freeing Borger PD to do what they were hired to do - what they swore an oath to do - Protect and Serve!
Judge Jack? He needs to retire. He is a disgrace to the bench and his profession. I've known Jack Worsham for 30 years. I used to have tremendous respect for the man. But he has obviously lost touch with what placed him on his career path in the first place. He has no respect for his own courtroom. There is no honesty in his court. Only contempt for the citizens who pay his salary. He makes his little "Innocent until proven guilty. The burdon of proof lies with the prosecution" BS speech to all defendants before trial, and then ends their trial with "Well, we have to trust our officers. Guilty as charged."
Nowhere in the United States Constitution will you find the words "We have to trust our officers"
Denying citizens of our basic constitutional rights is corruption, pure and simple. When a judge KNOWINGLY and WILLINGLY violates the United States Constitution, That my friends is CORRUPTION. Judge Jack tramples on the civil rights of the very people who pay his salary! He needs to go. And we should not spend a dime on his retirement party. He has fleeced us and lied to us. We owe him nothing for his "Years of dedicated public service" He chose to violate our trust. No one forced him to throw away his own integrity. He did that of his own free will.
The city leaders are either stupid or corrupt as well. All of this has gone on right in front of them. They either condone it or they don't know about it. I find it very hard to believe they don't know about it. But either way, we need a house cleaning at city hall.
Oh and BTW: If anyone is thinking I have axes to grind. That is not the case. I am simply sickened when politians and public officials treat good citizens with contempt. That is the only axe I have to grind.
I have lived in Borger my entire life. Some of the best people in the world live in Borger Texas. I am in the process of moving my family well south of Borger, but the good people I've known all these years certainly deserve better from their own. I hope they get it.

Judge and Prosecutor

January 17, 2012 by jaybear (not verified), 2 years 48 weeks ago
Comment: 937

I agree with the person and comments above, I have been there and seen what a joke this court room is, between the judge and the city prosecutor its like the blind leading the blind, both of them are too old ,senile and contrary to do their job, they need to retire or be replaced. They expect your respect but they dont respect you or your rights. Guilty as charged, pay your fine, end of story. If it raises revenue for the city, county or state then they will pursue the matter but usually if your property or money was damaged or stolen etc., you get no help from anyone of them including the county attorney and district attorney. They dont want to do their job so they tell you its all a civil matter, good luck, you are on your own. If you hire an attorney you will find out its not about the truth, right, wrong and justice but about how much money you will pay them. They will make all kind of promises, then drag it out to line their pockets with your money and then make excuses why they cannot get anything done for you. Kinda pathetic when its criminal and more punishment for egging a house or shoe polishing a car than it is to steal, scam and lie and cost someone a hundred thousand dollars, yet they say thats a civil matter. I think the whole bunch is lazy and corrupt and should be investigated as how and why they have let Borger get in this shape, then prosecuted and replaced.

The Fernandez's problem

January 6, 2012 by percywhit (not verified), 2 years 49 weeks ago
Comment: 931

Are we to believe that the Frank and Amy Fernandez did not benefit from "investing" in his brother's drug dealing business? Are you kidding? Really. His wife Amy pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Their pictures are still all over the Borger Chamber of Commerce web site as community leaders? Why is that? Their pictures should have been removed the minute they were arrested. Borger civic leaders surely suspected that some of the Fernandez money was tainted but accepted it anyway.

How could the Borger PD and Hutchinson County Sheriff department NOT have known this was going on? Surely they heard the rumors we all heard. Too many small drug bust in Borger with addicts ready to turn state evidence for them to NOT know. It's sad to think we have law enforcement that inept or corrupt. Either way it's a black eye for them. They were stupid or corrupt. Take your pick.

His brother's Jose's property was seized but I've not read where Frank or Amy's property was seized. It might just the article listed it under Jose, but their wealth was enhanced greatly by illegal activites.

They admitted in the plea agreement that this activity occured between 2009 and 2011. How many years did it actually go on and how much money was really made?

Frank admitted that from 2009 to October 2011, he conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. He admitted supplying narcotics to street-level dealers in and around Amarillo and helped arrange shipments from outside of North Texas for delivery to the Texas Panhandle.

I don't have a clue as to how much money that amount of drugs would bring on the street but it has to be a lot of money involved.

“Frank, however, denies having recouped this investment or having made any profits or received any benefits from his participation in the conspiracy,” according to the plea agreement.

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January 5, 2012 by lorelei52462 (not verified), 2 years 49 weeks ago
Comment: 930

Is this the Frank of Frank and Amy? Wow.

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