Fernandez brothers, Salazar receive several months of Federal prison
The last three defendants associated with an October 2011 drug bust in Borger were sentenced March 30, 2012 in Federal court in Amarillo, by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña on Thursday. Judge Robinson sentenced Jose Luis Fernandez. 37, to 109 months in federal prison and his brother, Aaron Steven Fernandez, 26, to 40 months. Judge Robinson fined Jose Fernandez $10,000 and ordered forfeiture, as imposed in the Preliminary Order of Forfeiture including more than $580,000 in cash, four vehicles, several all-terrain vehicles and seven parcels of real estate seized during the investigation. The brothers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Judge Robinson also sentenced Thomas Joseph Salazar to 30 months in Federal prison. He pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. All three defendants have been in Federal custody since pleading guilty.Earlier this month, Judge Robinson sentenced Francisco Villanueva “Frank” Fernandez, 43, to 100 months in Federal prison and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine and forfeit $165,000 in cash, a Maserati, a Mercedes-Benz, a Bentley, a camper, a ski boat and trailer, and real estate located at 328 and 330 N. Main in Borger. Frank Fernandez’s wife, Amy Fernandez, 43, was sentenced on February 29, 2012, to 12 months in Federal prison after her guilty plea in November 2011 to one count of structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements. In addition, Judge Robinson ordered Fernandez to pay an agreed money judgment of $99,950.Dustin Engler, 25, was sentenced to 120 months in Federal prison; Raphael Garcia, Jr., 36, was sentenced to 160 months; Leonard Scott, 47, was sentenced to 145 months; and Tomar-Bysshe L. Embers, 38, was sentenced to 120 months, all on methamphetamine related charges. David Escobar, 27, was previously sentenced to three years of probation and a $2,000 fine for his role in a gambling enterprise based out of Borger.