For Immediate Release 7/24/2017
Baltimore—Jessica Trevino, of Pasadena, Texas, pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance-Large Amount before Judge Charles J. Peters and was sentenced to 5 years without the possibility of parole. Trevino was convicted for her role in a large-scale cocaine trafficking ring that was uncovered during a 9-month wiretap investigation conducted by members of the Major Investigation Unit (MIU)within the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, as well as the Baltimore Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
MIU Assistant State's Attorneys Michael McAllister and Michael Hudak prosecuted the case.
Beginning in December of 2015, law enforcement began investigating a local drug trafficking organization that was distributing large quantities of cocaine throughout Baltimore City, as well as nearby regions. In May of 2016, law enforcement initiated a court authorized interception of electronic and wire communications over cell phones utilized by targets of the drug trafficking operation. Through the wiretap investigation, as well as undercover buys, it was determined that the drug trafficking organization was obtaining their cocaine through various sources, including suppliers in Mexico. Investigators learned that the suppliers were routinely transporting kilograms of cocaine from Mexico to the State of Texas—ultimately ending in Baltimore.
Through phone call interceptions, agents became aware of a large shipment of cocaine being delivered to the Baltimore area on August 26, 2016 by Trevino and other associates. Law enforcement was able to track the movements of Trevino and her associates as they traveled from Texas to Baltimore. Once in the city, law enforcement surveilled the group until they met with the ultimate buyers of the cocaine. Agents moved in on the group as the exchange was being made, and were able to recover 15 kilograms of cocaine and approximately $500,000 in cash.
The investigation ultimately led to several state and federal indictments that are currently pending prosecution.
“This case is the criminal justice system at its best,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “The various law enforcement partners on this case effectively collaborated, utilizing the cutting-edge technology and criminal intelligence to secure this conviction. As we know, there is a close connection between drugs and violence; therefore, we must do all we can to dismantle the drug trade while simultaneously combatting violence in our communities.”