Prison time for failure to appear suspect

May 23, 2019 GMT

After fleeing from authorities for several years, a 46-year-old Brownsville man has been sentenced to federal prison on a failure to appear charge.

Rene Izaguirre appeared Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera who sentenced him to nine years on the failure to appear charge and an additional nine years for his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

Izaguirre initially pleaded guilty Jan. 19, 2013 to the drug charged and was allowed to remain on bond until his scheduled Aug. 28, 2013 arraignment, the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Texas stated in a press release.


However, shortly before his sentencing, Izaguirre’s ankle monitor was found cut off and left at his home. He reportedly fled to Mexico but was later arrested and pleaded guilty to the failure to appear on Dec. 6, 2018.

Authorities report that from 2007 to 2013, Izaguirre was part of a drug trafficking organization that worked with a local freight company to transport drugs from the Rio Grande Valley to Houston, Dallas and Pennsylvania where he had buyers.

After fleeing and failing to appear for his sentencing, authorities tracked Izaguirre and found him in October 2018 in Odessa. Authorities believe he was selling cocaine where he resided while working as a roofer.

Izaguirre will remain in federal custody until his transfer to the U.S. Board of prisons.