Eastside Homeboy Gets 19 Years

The U.S. Attorney's Office just sent word: Arturo Tinoco is going to federal prison for a long, long time -- 19 years and then some. Why? Because twice in the span of seven months, the 29-year-old was stopped by Dallas police, who, both times, found a whole bunch of methamphetamine in the car -- not to mention a .45-caliber gun, thousands in cash and no driver's license. And, to make matter worse, Tinoco escaped following his second arrest in February 2007, even though he was cuffed by the DPD. Took a month to find him. Now, law enforcement officials will know just where to find him. The full story of the Eastside Homeboy -- a member of a gang the feds and DPD have been going after more than a year -- is after the jump. --Robert Wilonsky


DALLAS - Arturo Tinoco, 29, of Dallas, a member of the Eastside Homeboys gang, was sentenced yesterday to 292 months (more than 19 years) in federal prison, following his guilty plea in March to two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas. U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn also ordered that Tinoco serve five years of supervised release.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, Tinoco admitted that he knowingly and intentionally possessed, with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in July 2006 and in February 2007. Specifically, on July 20, 2006, members of the Dallas Police Department saw Tinoco in a black Lincoln Town car driving eastbound in the 4700 block of Tremont Street in Dallas and stopped him for a traffic violation. He had outstanding warrants and was arrested; the car was impounded. Law enforcement found a bag containing methamphetamine in the trunk of the vehicle and Tinoco had $5,920 on his person at the time.

On February 15, 2007, Tinoco was again stopped by Dallas Police Officers after he had committed a traffic violation. He couldn't produce a driver's license and when the officer checked Tinoco's name on the computer, it showed that he had a suspended license. He was arrested and his vehicle was searched. Officers seized a .45 caliber weapon and at located at least 64 grams of methamphetamine in the trunk of the vehicle, which Tinoco admitted he intended for distribution. After this second arrest, he escaped after he had been handcuffed, but was located one month later, on March 17, 2007, and arrested. Law enforcement confiscated a total of $10,082 when he was arrested in March -- funds believed to be drug proceeds as he was unemployed at the time.

U.S. Attorney Roper praised the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Dallas Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted the case.

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