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Progresso Assistant City Manager and School Board President Arrested in Drug Conspiracy Case

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‘The Hawk’s Eye – Consulting & News’ reports on the arrest of Progresso Assistant City Manager and School Board President Francisco “Frank” Javier Alanis for drug conspiracy charges, facing maximum lifetime imprisonment.

Progresso Assistant City Manager and School Board President Arrested in Drug Conspiracy Case

Progresso Assistant City Manager and School Board President Arrested in Drug Conspiracy Case

U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani has announced the arrest of Francisco, also known as Frank Javier Alanis, a 40-year-old Progresso assistant city manager and school board president. Alanis has been taken into custody on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, according to official sources.

The arrest took place October 13, 2023, and Alanis is scheduled to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya on October 16 at 9 a.m.

Details of the Investigation

The charges against Alanis are outlined in a three-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury on October 3. The indictment alleges that from January 2020 to March 20, 2022, Alanis conspired with Jose Rosbel Salas and others to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, primarily cocaine.

Potential Penalties

If convicted, Alanis could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years up to life in federal prison, along with a possible maximum fine of $10 million. The indictment also includes a notice of forfeiture related to the charges.

Co-Defendants and Ongoing Proceedings

Jose Rosbel Salas, 42, from Weslaco, has already pleaded guilty for his involvement and is currently awaiting sentencing. Others charged in the case include David Gomez Ramos, 34, and Gregorio Salinas, 52, both from Mercedes, and Juan Pablo Serrata, 48, from Santa Rosa. These co-defendants are currently in custody while further criminal proceedings take place.

Collaborative Investigation

The investigation into this case was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force, Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alejandra Andrade is leading the prosecution of the case.

Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF)

This investigation is part of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces program, which aims to identify, disrupt, and dismantle high-level criminal organizations that pose a threat to the United States. The OCDETF employs a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach to combat organized crime and drug trafficking.

For more information about the OCDETF program, visit the Department of Justice’s OCDETF webpage.

Important Reminder

It’s essential to note that an indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct and does not serve as evidence. As with any case, the defendant, in this instance Francisco “Frank” Javier Alanis, is presumed innocent unless proven guilty through due process of law.

Reference: Department of Justice, Press Release, Progreso official charged for drug trafficking, Dated October 13, 2023.

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